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How to Save a Tooth That’s Been Knocked Out

Hands over mouthIt can be stressful and painful when you have a tooth knocked out. Luckily, there are a few ways for a knocked-out tooth to be saved and reinserted into the mouth, but the proper steps must be taken swiftly. It’s important to follow the instructions below in a timely manner to improve the odds of saving your tooth.

Saving a Knocked-Out Tooth

  • Locate & store the tooth – The first thing you need to do is locate the tooth and pick it up by the crown. Never touch the roots of the tooth. Once the tooth has been located, it should be transported to the patient in a cup of cool water or milk.
  • Keep the tooth moist – If possible, we recommend trying to reinsert the tooth into the socket. If the patient is too young and may choke on the tooth or if the injury is too painful for the patient to tolerate having the tooth in the socket, store the tooth in a cup of milk or the patient’s saliva. Make sure the entire tooth is immersed so it will not dry out. Drying the tooth out may make it impossible to save.
  • Contact your dentist – Lastly, contact your regular dentist as quickly as possible once the tooth has been lost. Most dental offices will have emergency appointments available for just these situations. If you’ve followed the above instructions and are able to be seen within an hour of losing the tooth, the odds are good that the tooth can be saved.

If you have had a tooth knocked out, this is considered a dental emergency. Because of this, it should be treated as such. Make sure you get an appointment with your general dentist as quickly as possible.

If you are ever in need of endodontic services, please don’t hesitate to contact Endodontic Specialists of Colorado. We have three locations in Colorado Springs North and Pueblo, Colorado.

Posted on Mar 16, 2018
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