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How to Save a Knocked-Out Tooth

April 19, 2021
Posted By: Dr. Justin Harlow
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Nobody wants to experience a dental injury, such as a knocked-out tooth. However, dental emergencies and injuries can happen to anyone at any time, so it’s best to stay prepared and know the correct course of action to take if such an injury does occur. This is especially important when it comes to a knocked-out tooth because knowing how to care for a knocked-out tooth could mean saving the tooth!

How to Save Your Knocked-Out Tooth

According to the American Association of Endodontists, knocked-out teeth are very common and millions of teeth getting knocked out every year. However, a knocked-out tooth doesn’t always mean you’ve lost the tooth for good. In some cases, a dentist can save your tooth. To give us the best opportunity to save your tooth, call our dental office to schedule an emergency appointment as soon as possible after the incident. 

To assist your dentist in saving your tooth, also follow these guidelines:

Take action immediately

Time is vital when saving a knocked-out tooth, so you’ll want to jump into action immediately. Find the tooth and retrieve it, making sure to handle it carefully. You should not touch the sensitive root of the tooth when retrieving it. Instead, if you must handle the tooth, pick it up by the crown.

Clean the Tooth

Quickly and gently clean the tooth, rinsing off dirt or debris with water. Do not use soap and don’t scrub the tooth.

Place the Tooth Back in the Socket

The tooth must stay moist for reimplantation. To accomplish this, place your tooth back in its socket and keep it in place until you reach a dentist. If the tooth can’t be placed back in the socket, either place it in your mouth next to your cheek or in a container of milk.

Bring the Tooth with You

When you arrive for your emergency dental appointment, your tooth should be with you, ready to be reimplanted in your mouth. We have the best chance of saving your tooth within a half-hour of the incident. However, even outside that timeframe, saving the tooth may be possible.

How to Protect Your Teeth

If you take part in physical sports or activities that put you at a higher risk of injury, you should wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. A mouth guard during sports and other activities can help patients avoid knocked-out teeth. 

Emergency Dentistry in Uptown Charlotte

Dr. H. Justin Harlow provides emergency dental care at Harlow Dental in Charlotte, NC. If you need a knocked-out tooth replaced, call our practice as soon as possible for assistance. We are here to help!

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