If you have had a tooth knocked out then you are not alone. Each year, as many as 5 million Americans have a tooth knocked out. This would commonly happen whilst playing sports or during an automobile accident.
If you are one of the unfortunate ones to have this happen to you, no doubt you will want to do everything possible to save your tooth. Carefully follow the steps below and that knocked out tooth could make a full recovery.
How can I save a knocked-out tooth?
Step 1 Find the tooth
If you want to save the tooth then first you are going to need to find it. When you have located it, pick up the tooth by the crown, the part that’s usually visible above the gum line. It could damage the tooth if you pick it up by the root and the surgeon will be unable to save it.
Step 2 Rinse the tooth
Likely your tooth will have picked up some dirt from where it fell. Rinse off any dirt with water. Don’t try to use soap or any other cleaning agents. This will damage the tooth.
Step 3 Carry the tooth to the surgeon
Your tooth can be put back in by the surgeons at California Oral and Facial Surgery. To take it there you need to transport your tooth in a way that keeps it protected. You may be able to place the tooth back in its socket or place it between your gums and inner cheek. If not, then fill a container with Save-a-Tooth® or milk and place the tooth gently inside. Never carry your tooth in water as prolonged exposure can damage the tooth.
Step 4 Call ahead to the surgeon
As soon as you can, call the surgeon’s office to let them know that you are coming. The sooner your tooth can be put back in the better the chance it can be saved. Calling ahead allows time for the surgeons to prepare for your arrival. It would also be good to tell them about your condition so that they can prepare to treat you in a safe way. When you arrive, the surgeons will do all that is possible to save your tooth. They will also advise you on how to make a good recovery.
What Happens If My Tooth Cannot Be Saved?
There are many options for you to chose from to replace your missing tooth. At California Oral and Facial Surgery, the surgeons recommend replacing any missing teeth with dental implants. The surgeon will work along with your dentist to fit dental implants. The surgeon will fix a titanium post onto your jaw bone and the dentist will have a natural-looking crown made to fit on the top. They have a number of advantages over the other options. Whilst they look like natural teeth, they also replicate the function of natural teeth. The post replicates the root of a natural tooth and encourages jaw bone strength. It’s important that your jaw bone remains strong because it holds all the other teeth in their place and prevents further tooth loss. You can speak to your dentist or the surgeons at California Oral and Facial Surgery if you’re interested in dental implants.
How Can I Reduce The Risk of Having My Tooth Knocked Out?
If you play a contact sport then it’s important to wear the appropriate safety equipment. A gum shield can help protect your teeth from any impact to the face. If the sport allows you to wear a helmet then make sure that you always have one on.
Always use a seatbelt whilst traveling in an automobile. Many teeth are knocked out during collisions when passengers either impact the steering wheel or front seats of the car.
It’s important that you take care of your oral health, as many lose their teeth through gum disease or tooth decay. Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth at least twice a day and that you floss at least once. You should also make regular visits to the dentist to have them look for signs of gum disease or tooth decay.
If you are in need of an oral surgeon to put back a knocked out tooth or for any other dental emergency then call the surgeons at California Oral and Facial Surgery.