Did you know that over 5 million teeth are knocked out each year? But, whether it happens due to an injury or an accident, it does not mean that the tooth is lost forever. If you act quickly and take the right steps, you may be able to have the tooth replanted in your mouth and keep it for years to come.
What to Do If Your Teeth is Knocked Out?
The first thing you need to keep in mind is that there is no time to waste. So, try to get to the nearest dentist within half an hour or as quickly as you can.
Here are a few more steps you will need to take on the way:
Preserve the tooth immediately. Do NOT touch the root of the tooth. Only pick it up by the crown – that is the surface through which you chew. Try to keep it as safe as possible until you get professional help.
If the tooth has gotten dirty, gently rinse it with water. Do not use any soap, toothpaste, or chemicals. Just rinse it with clean water. If it needs more cleaning, the dentist will take care of it.
If possible, reposition the tooth in the socket. However, if it hurts, or you can't keep it in the socket for any other reason, make sure to keep it moist.
You can either keep it moist by keeping it in your mouth next to the cheek (if it isn't possible to replace it on the socket) or store it in a container with milk. Do not wrap it in a tissue or cloth. If the tooth isn't kept moist at all times, it likely won't be able to replant into the socket.
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