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How to Handle a Knocked-Out Tooth
Trauma to the mouth might cause lacerations and bleeding of the gums and even dislodge the tooth. In such a case, there will usually be a need for immediate medical attention.
Mouth injuries caused by many things such as falling, biting down on a piece of food that is too hard, or playing contact sports. When this happens, the teeth could be knocked out of the mouth. It is important that you see the dentist as soon as you can. If it is not treated, it might lead to some serious complications for you.
In the dental world, a knocked-out tooth is called an avulsed tooth. It is one of the most serious dental emergencies for those with permanent teeth. However, dental experts like the ones at Vita Dental Spring can fix this issue with ease. In fact, if you act quickly and follow the simple tips below, the tooth can be saved.
What You Can Do
When your tooth is knocked out, the blood vessels, nerves, and other supporting tissue are damaged as well. This blood vessels and nerves cannot be fixed. That is why an avulsed tooth will always require a tooth canal. However, the bone can attach to the root of the tooth if the tooth is put back into the socket.
The chances of saving a tooth are highest in kids and teens. However, adult teeth can be saved too. It is recommended that only permanent teeth should be placed back in the mouth. Always rush to the dentist as soon as the tooth has been knocked out. This will help to avoid any further damage to the tooth.
Here is what to do once your tooth is dislodged from your mouth:
Handle the tooth with care
Once your tooth is knocked out, try to avoid touching the root with your hands. This is the part of the tooth, which was under the gum. It is prone to damage with ease. If the tooth fell in the dirt, hold it by the crown and rinse it in milk. If there is no milk in the house, you can use some water. After rinsing, do not wipe it with any fabric. This might damage the root of the tooth.
Keep it moist
Once you rinse the tooth of dirt and blood, you should keep it in a glass of milk. If possible, try to place the tooth back into the socket where it came out. However, do not do this for young kids. He or she might not be able to store the tooth in the mouth without swallowing it. Instead, have the child spit the tooth in a cup. Ensure that the tooth remains in the cup with saliva. If there is nothing else, place the tooth in a cup full of water. The most important thing is to ensure that the tooth remains moist.
If you try to slip the tooth back into its socket, it will usually go back in. However, you need to ensure that is it facing the right direction. If it does not slide back in, do not try to force it in. Just keep it in a glass of saliva, milk, or water until you can get to the dentist. This is especially so if the tooth is not broken into pieces. The dentist can place it back.
First aid measures
Whether you manage to slip the tooth back into the socket or not, you will be in a world of pain. To treat this pain, place a cold compress on the tooth. Besides that, you need to take pain medication. This will help to ensure that you can sleep for the night until you get to the dentist the next day. Additionally, you should use gauze to stop the excessive bleeding.
At the Dental Office
In some cases, you might find it hard to place the tooth back in the mouth. This is especially so if the tooth has broken. The dentist will use water to flush out debris from the socket. Then he will slip your tooth back into position. It is important that the tooth is placed back into the socket as soon as possible. Ideally, this should be done an hour after it fell out.
He or she might opt to conduct the root canal right away or wait until the tooth is fairly settled. The dentist will base the root canal decision on how long the tooth was out of the mouth and other factors. An avulsed tooth will usually be splinted to the adjacent teeth using a soft wire or composite material. This helps to hold the tooth in place for a few days. The dentist decides how long the splint should be in place.
If the bone around the tooth is not fractured, it will usually reattach to the bone in about three weeks. If the jawbone was damaged, it may take about eight weeks for the tooth to reattach.
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