What To Do If Your Tooth Is Knocked Out

You might think that a knocked out tooth is a lost tooth, but that's not always the case. If you act quickly, and correctly, you might be able to save that tooth. It's important to follow a few simple procedures. If you do this, you might be able to save the tooth.

First, we will discuss the difference between a broken tooth and one that has been "knocked out". Different injuries will warrant different treatments. Most of the time, a broken or chipped tooth is going to be treated differently than one that was knocked out of your mouth.

Broken, Chipped, or Knocked Out

If the tooth has been completely knocked out, to the point where you see the root of the tooth, then there is a good chance that a dentist can reposition it in your mouth.

If, on the other hand, part of the tooth has broken off, then you will need a crown. A dentist will not try and attach the broken part to the remaining part. What they will most likely do is cover the broken tooth with a cap.

A knocked out tooth will look different than a chipped tooth. The primary way to know if you have a knocked out tooth is to see that the tooth looks whole. 

What To Do With The Missing Tooth

The first thing you need to do is secure the tooth. You should not pick up the tooth by the root end. This can cause damage to the nerves. You want to pick the tooth up by the enamel, or the "top".

Don't place the tooth in your pocket or anywhere else dry. There are a few options about how to carry the tooth. A common solution is to place the tooth in a container of milk. If milk is not handy, then place the tooth back in the mouth. Don't suck on it, or rub it with your tongue. The reason to keep it in your mouth is so it is kept wet and away from debris and other things that can cause damage.

What To Do Next?

Once you have the tooth secure, it's time to get to the dentist. It is important to get to the dentist (such as Hernandez Dentalas soon as possible. You can't wait around for a few days. The longer the tooth is out of the mouth, the less likely it can be reattached.