Common Signs and Symptoms of Knocked-out Tooth
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If your tooth gets knocked out in an accident, it’s important not to panic! Do the following steps for a higher chance of success of re-implantation:
- Make sure to locate the knocked-out tooth immediately and handle it with care. The root is highly delicate, so avoid touching the bottom of the tooth and only hold it by the crown or chewing surface.
- Clean the tooth. When cleaning the tooth, use only water. Never use any soaps or chemicals, as this could further damage the root or cause contamination. Try not to scrub or dry the tooth either, and in general, don’t wrap it in anything like tissue, as this may impact its chances for reattachment.
- Try to put the knocked-out tooth back into its socket. Handle it by the crown and push it in gently with your fingers. Alternatively, you can position it above the socket and close your mouth slowly, using your fingers or a bit of pressure from biting down to keep it secure.
- If putting back the tooth is not possible, do your best to keep it in your cheek until you can seek emergency dental treatment. Doing so will help keep the tooth in its most natural environment and may be beneficial for reimplantation. However, if keeping the tooth in your cheek is not an option, you should place it in a cup or container filled with milk. It will ensure that the tooth does not dry out and stays viable for insertion back into the socket.
- Consult your dentist as soon as possible for professional advice on the best course of action for restoring your smile! It’s best to visit the dentist within 30 minutes after the incident.
A knocked-out tooth can be saved, depending on the severity of the injury and the time delay before seeking dental treatment. If the knocked-out tooth still has its root intact, then your dentist can insert it back into the socket and stabilise it. On rare occasions where saving the tooth is not possible, other dental services can be found to replace it. You should consult your dentist as soon as possible after any dental trauma. They need to assess whether or not your tooth can be saved – quick action is highly recommended!
Preventive measures to protect against a knocked-out tooth are essential and can save you time, money, and pain. Start by brushing and flossing daily with fluoride toothpaste to help keep your smile strong. Also, it’s essential to wear protective gear while playing sports or being involved in activities that may cause injury, such as football, hockey, or biking. A helmet and mouthguard will help shield your teeth from the potential impact of trauma. By following this information, you can reduce the risk of dental traumas that our patients sometimes face. Finally, regular visits to the dentist for checkups and cleanings will ensure any potential issues with teeth or jaw alignment are detected early on before severe damage occurs. Taking all of these preventative steps can ultimately preserve your beautiful smile!
Knocked-out teeth are, unfortunately, quite common and can occur for several reasons. Some of the most common causes include:
- Trauma to the face or head
It can happen due to a fall, a car accident, or any other type of impact that has an overall impact on the teeth.
- Dental decay
When a tooth is weakened by decay, it is more likely to be knocked out of place when it is subjected to force.
- Gum disease
Gum Disease can also factor in tooth displacement as it weakens the tooth’s attachment while damaging gums and bone. It makes it easier for a tooth to be knocked out.
In most cases, the pain will last for a few days or weeks, provided that you see your dentist quickly and receive appropriate treatment. You may experience discomfort or sensitivity in the area for several months as your mouth adjusts. Be mindful of short-term and long-term aftercare, such as using sensitive rinse solutions or sticking to softer foods until your mouth has healed. Paying attention to good oral hygiene practices and staying on top of regular checkups with your dentist can ensure that the recovery process is smooth and successful.