Taking Care of a Knocked Out Tooth
Our Culver City cosmetic dentist suggests to all patients that the best course of action is to stop this type of injury before it ever happens. This means wearing the proper safety equipment at all times such as helmets, face covers, and mouthguards.
In the event that a tooth is knocked out, it is important to find it immediately and pick it up with care. The root of a tooth is very brittle and individuals should avoid wiping them. Pouring milk over the tooth is all the cleaning that is necessary. If there is no milk and the tooth is extremely dirty, water can be poured over.
If possible, one should soak the tooth in milk and attempt to put it back in the socket every 15 minutes until the dentist is seen. If this is extremely painful, patients should forgo this and see a dentist as quickly as possible.
If the tooth is intact, we have a relatively good chance of performing a root canal treatment and placing a splint on the tooth. Over the course of the next few days, ligaments will reform and secure the tooth back to the mouth. If the tooth does not reintegrate with the mouth, we offer a full line of cosmetic dentistry services to restore your smile.
To learn more about what to do with a knocked out tooth, visit ADA.org.