Accidents can happen at any time, and our teeth aren’t immune to them. If you accidentally have a tooth knocked out, don’t panic. By following proper first aid and seeking an emergency dentist ASAP there is a chance you can save your tooth. At Dental on York, we have a team of highly trained emergency dentists who are here to help.
In this article, we explain the first-aid procedure for a knocked-out tooth.
Why is first-aid for a tooth knocked out important?
You may think that knocking out a tooth means you’ll have a gap in your smile forever, however, this isn’t true. When an adult (permanent) tooth is knocked out you can save it with swift action and proper first aid. Should your tooth not be savable, modern-day dentistry provides various options for replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile. First aid is vital to maintain the health of the tooth so that your emergency dentist can try to save it.
How to apply first aid for a tooth knocked out?
If you have a tooth knocked out, one of the most important things to do is remain calm and follow these first aid steps:
Handle the tooth carefully
Start by locating the knocked-out tooth, it may be on the ground nearby or still in your mouth. If it is on the ground, you must pick it up carefully. Only touch the crown of the tooth, this is the top part. Do not touch the root (the pointy, bottom part) as this area is very sensitive.
Rinse the tooth gently
The tooth may be dirty if it has fallen on the ground. You can give it a gentle rinse with some saline, lukewarm water, or your saliva. Do not scratch or scrub the tooth. Make sure you don’t attempt to pick off or remove any gum or tissue left on the tooth.
Insert the tooth into the socket
Once the tooth is clean, try to insert it back into its socket. Once it’s in place, you can gently bite down on a clean piece of cloth or tissue to secure it in place. If you can’t get the tooth back in its socket, don’t force it. Keep it in a container with a small amount of saliva or saline surrounding it. The tooth needs to remain moist until you reach your emergency dentist.
It’s important to note that this only applies to adult teeth. If the knocked-out tooth is a baby tooth (not permanent) you should not put it back in its socket. This is because it can damage the permanent tooth below the surface.
Control any bleeding
If your mouth is bleeding, you can control it by gently pressing a piece of clean gauze to the area. If you have managed to reinsert your tooth into its socket, be careful not to dislodge the tooth again when you do this. You can use ice on the outside of your cheek to minimise pain and swelling.
Call your emergency dentist
Make an appointment with your emergency dentist immediately. Ideally, you want to get to your dentist within 30 minutes. This gives your tooth the best chance of survival. Your dentist knows just what to do and can provide you with more information for a successful recovery.
If you ever have a tooth knocked out or any other dental emergency in Sydney CBD – we’re here to help you. Give Dental on York a call today. We have a team of dedicated dentists who always prioritise your health and comfort.