Whether it’s due to having a little “too much fun” or as a result of playing a sport, accidents happen which can result in a knocked-out tooth. Having a tooth knocked out, and any other associated injury, can be painful. However, in many cases, the tooth can be saved and re-attached. 

Read the Mystic Oaks Family and Cosmetic Dentistry blog to learn more about what to do if your tooth is knocked out and be sure to call us now if you need to see our emergency dentist. 

woman with mouth painMy Tooth Is Knocked Out: What Do I Do?

The first thing that you need to know about a knocked-out tooth is that time is incredibly important: meaning, the sooner you can get to an emergency dentist the better chance your tooth can be saved. A tooth has a 90% chance of survival if the proper steps are taken and you see a dentist right away. 

Handle the Tooth Properly

If your tooth is still attached, using a clean finger and only touching the chewing surface — never touch the root — replace it back in the socket and hold it there with your finger or gently bite down to keep it positioned. 

If your tooth has been completely knocked out of your mouth, pick it up by the chewing surface — again, never pick it up by the root — and gently rinse it with clean water to remove any dirt. Do not scrub the tooth or dry it. Replace the tooth back in the socket and hold it there with your finger or by gently biting down. 

If You Can’t Put It Back in Your Mouth…

If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place it in milk or keep it between your cheek and gum. Keeping the tooth moist can help to preserve it. If you have access to a tooth preservation kit this can also be used to protect the tooth until you can see an emergency dentist

Why Timing Is Important

After a tooth is knocked out, it is absolutely essential that you seek emergency dental care immediately. Why? Having the tooth reattached as soon as possible is critical for the tooth to survive and for you to avoid additional, costly dental procedures. There is a 90% chance of survival for the tooth: 

  • If it is replaced in the socket within five minutes of being knocked out. 
  • If it is stored properly between five and 60 minutes after the incident. 
  • If you are seen by an emergency dentist as soon as possible. 

A tooth’s rate of survival dramatically decreases if it is out of the mouth for more than an hour. 

How to Avoid a Knocked-Out Tooth

Though it is hard to prevent all accidents, taking some precautions can lessen the likelihood of a knocked-out tooth. For athletes and others doing physical activity, a mouthguard can significantly decrease the possibility of an accident. Wearing other protective gear such as a helmet may also help reduce the risk of injury. However, if an incident should occur your friendly local dentist at Mystic Oaks Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is here to help you with your dental emergencies. 

Call Mystic Oaks Family and Cosmetic Dentistry now for emergency dental care!