If you or a loved one experiences a knocked out tooth, don’t panic! With this step-by-step guide from Apple Valley Dental Group, you can preserve your tooth, minimize pain, and get the emergency dental care you need.
1. Schedule An Emergency Dentist Appointment IMMEDIATELY
The very first thing you should do after a knocked-out tooth is call an emergency dentist. Ideally, you’ll want to get an appointment within 30 minutes to 1 hour. This will provide you with the best chances of saving your tooth, and help minimize pain and suffering.
2. Retrieve And Clean The Tooth
After you’ve made your dentist appointment, you should retrieve your tooth, if at all possible. With quick action, there’s a chance your original tooth can be saved.
Pick the tooth up by the chewing surface, not the root. If you touch the root, your risk of infecting the tooth increases dramatically.
If the tooth is dirty, you may rinse gently with water. Avoid using soaps or detergents. You should also not scrub or dry the tooth – it must remain moist. Do not place or wrap the tooth in any kind of cloth or tissue.
The tooth must remain moist, so you should try to place it back in the socket, if possible, making sure it is facing the proper direction. It can be held in place by biting on it gently, or holding it with the fingers. Alternatively, the tooth can be placed in a cold bag with milk – this will preserve it until it can be replaced.
3. Manage Pain
You can deal with bleeding by applying gentle pressure with gauze or a clean cloth to the affected area. Ice can be used to reduce swelling, but only on the exterior of the mouth.
Over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen and acetaminophen can also help reduce pain and swelling. Aspirin should not be used, as it is a blood thinner, and can contribute to increased bleeding, whether swallowed, or applied topically.
4. Visit Your Emergency Dentist For A Long-Term Solution
Visit your emergency dentistry practice, such as Apple Valley Dental Group, right away. The most common treatment for knocked-out teeth is a dental splint.
The tooth and the root will be cleaned and replaced in the socket. After this, metal brackets are placed on the surrounding teeth, bonded in place with dental cement, and connected by a wire. This will allow the tooth to take root again, and restore it to the original position. Root canal treatment may also be required after several weeks, to ensure that the tooth is properly bonded to the gums and jaw.
Are you experiencing a dental emergency? Call Apple Valley Dental Group at (540) 635-2493 right away!
At Apple Valley Dental Group, Dr. Sartelle and Dr. Byers specialize in treating a wide variety of dental emergencies, including dental avulsions. We offer flexible hours and walk-in appointments for emergency dentistry clients – so you can always get the treatment that you need!