5 Steps to Follow If You Knock Out a Tooth 

May 9, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dentaldistinct @ 1:38 am
person with knocked-out tooth covering their mouth

Accidents happen, and sometimes they can result in a knocked-out tooth. Whether it’s a sports injury, a fall, or any unexpected incident, having a knocked-out tooth can be a distressing experience. However, it’s important to stay calm and take immediate action. By knowing the right steps to follow, you can significantly improve the chances of saving the tooth and ensuring the best possible outcome for your dental health. In this guide, we will outline five crucial steps to take if you ever find yourself in this situation.

Step #1: Call Your Emergency Dentist 

In the event of a knocked-out tooth, it’s crucial to act quickly and contact your emergency dentist. Time is of the essence, as getting to their office within 30 to 60 minutes greatly increases the chances of saving the tooth. Even if the incident occurs after regular office hours, listening to your dentist’s voicemail can provide valuable instructions on what to do next. Seeking immediate professional help will allow your dentist to evaluate the situation and provide guidance.

Step #2: Find & Clean the Tooth  

After contacting your emergency dentist, the next step is to try and locate your knocked-out tooth. If you manage to find it, handle it with care and rinse it gently using water. It’s important to avoid using a toothbrush, soap, toothpaste, or any abrasive cleaners, as these can potentially harm your pearly white further. It’s equally important not to remove any tissue fragments that may be attached to the tooth.

Step #3: Store the Tooth 

After gently cleaning the knocked-out tooth, it’s crucial to keep it moist to maintain its viability. Place the tooth in a clean container filled with milk or saliva. Alternatively, you can carefully store it between your cheek and gums.

However, do not attempt to reinsert the tooth into the socket unless specifically instructed to do so by your dentist. It’s essential to bring the tooth with you to your emergency dental appointment as it may be possible to reattach it.

Step #4: Clean Your Mouth 

After a tooth is knocked out or broken, it’s important to clean your mouth thoroughly while being cautious around the affected area. Brush gently, avoiding the immediate vicinity of the injury. Rinse your mouth with water to remove any remaining debris.

If the tooth broke and there are sharp edges or fragments still in the socket, you can use dental wax to cover and protect those areas. This will help prevent any accidental scratching or irritation to your lips, tongue, or cheeks.

Step #5: Keep Your Smile Safe  

Once you have cleaned your mouth, it is crucial to take precautions to keep your smile safe. If possible, avoid eating until after your emergency dental appointment. If you need to eat, chew on the opposite side of your mouth from where the tooth was lost to prevent debris from entering the socket. If you experience discomfort, you can:

  • Rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution
  • Take over-the-counter pain medication
  • Apply a cold compress or ice pack

About the Practice 

Dental Distinction is a patient-centered practice that prioritizes exceptional dental care. Their team of experienced and friendly dental professionals is dedicated to assisting patients in Plano with achieving optimal oral health and attaining beautiful smiles. In the event of a knocked-out tooth, Dental Distinction is available to guide you through the necessary steps until you can reach their office. To schedule an appointment or gather further information about their services, please visit their website or call (972) 423-3322.

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