Remember when you were little and you just couldn’t wait to lose a tooth so you could get a special visit from the tooth fairy? We all recall those days of our childhood having toothless smiles and fairy surprises, but what happens if you lose a tooth when you are an adult? What if your tooth gets accidentally knocked out? Can a knocked out tooth be saved? The answer, yes. Here are some tips on how to save a knocked out tooth before you can visit an emergency dentist.
Immediately after the injury you will need to take action. You have a time frame between 30mins-1 hour to keep the tooth (roots) alive. If possible, you can gently try and put it back into the socket yourself. If unable to insert the tooth yourself, you will need to keep it moist. Some ways to keep it moist are;
-Put the tooth in some milk. The calcium from milk can help preserve the roots.
-Keep the tooth in your mouth in between your gums and your cheek. Your body’s natural saliva can help keep the tooth safe.
-If you are the prepared type, there are tooth preservation kits you can use, which can help save the tooth until you get to a dentist.
-You can put the tooth in tap water but it is not recommended.
Once you get to a Dentist, he/she can re-implant the preserved tooth back into its original spot. A root canal may be needed and if there isn’t any other trauma (broken bones in the jaw, etc..) You should be good to go. If everything goes accordingly, the typical healing time is around 4-6 weeks, which is definitely better than having a missing tooth! So can a knocked out tooth be saved? With prompt action and help from your dentist, it is possible.