Knocked-Out Tooth Cheltenham
A knocked-out tooth is a dental emergency where teeth are lost in accidents, fights, sports injuries, or extreme activities.
More than five million teeth are avulsed yearly, and it happens to people of all ages, typically due to accidents.
Proper emergency measures can save the tooth so it can be replanted successfully and last for many years.
Causes of a Knocked-Out Tooth
Knocked-out teeth are commonly caused by:
- Vehicular accidents
- Sports trauma
- Biting too hard on foods or objects
Knocked-Out Tooth: What to do?
Here are some tips to save your tooth, from the time it comes out until you reach your dentist’s office:
Hold the tooth by the crown and NOT the root – Locate the tooth immediately. Carefully pick up the tooth and DO NOT touch its root, only the crown.
Rinse the tooth with clean, lukewarm water – Use lukewarm water to rinse off the dirt. DO NOT use any chemicals or soaps, DO NOT scrub or let the tooth dry up, and DO NOT wrap the tooth with tissue or cloth.
Replant the tooth in the socket if possible – If an adult tooth is knocked-out, reimplant the tooth quickly. Gently push it in its socket with your fingers, or place it above its socket and close your mouth slowly. Keep it in place with your fingers or by biting down gently.
Always keep the tooth moist – The tooth must be wet at all times, either in your mouth or in a container.
Knocked-Out Tooth Prevention
Here are tips to prevent a broken or knocked-out tooth:
- Wear a custom-fitted mouthguard when playing sports.
- Avoid fights that may cause an impact on the face.
- Avoid biting hard on foods, such as popcorn kernels, and do not bite your nails.
- Always wear a seatbelt when driving.
Knocked-Out Tooth in Cheltenham
If you have a knocked-out tooth, whether permanent or temporary, contact your Cheltenham dentist right away so we can treat the problem and prevent damage or infection.
Visit us now and let your Cheltenham dentist handle your dental problems. In case of an emergency, call your Cheltenham dentist right away.
Same-Day Dental Emergency Appointment Available in Cheltenham
We are located at Suite C, 151 Centre Dandenong Road in Cheltenham.
Frequently Asked Questions
How soon should I see a dentist after I lose a tooth?
Why do I need to soak the tooth in milk?
Will the tooth need any special or additional treatment?
However, resorption happens. As your body heals, it may reject even your own tooth, so it is important to follow-up with your Cheltenham dentist regularly after the injury to keep track of your healing.