If this is you, you’re probably feeling a bit panicked. According to the American Association of Endodontists, there’s an estimated five million or more teeth that get knocked out each year in both adults and children. Knocking out a tooth from an accident or injury doesn’t automatically mean you can’t save it, but it is a dental emergency and you need to contact your dentist immediately.
Here’s What to Do if You’ve Knocked Out a Permanent Tooth
- Locate your lost permanent tooth immediately. Pick it up by its chewing service and NOT the root. Rinse it with room temperature water and attempt to place it back into the socket. Don’t use a cloth or anything to try to wipe it down or dry it. It’s VERY important that the tooth remains moist.
- If your tooth won’t go back into the socket, stick it into a glass of milk. If you don’t have milk, carefully keep the tooth in your cheek, taking care not to swallow or choke on it. Don’t use tap water, as this may damage the roots.
- Get to your dentist as soon as possible, hopefully within 30 minutes of the incident. While your chance are best if you can be seen within 30 minutes when you’ve knocked out a permanent tooth, don’t throw in the towel yet. In some cases, a tooth can still be salvaged if it has been outside of the mouth for an hour or more.
Even if You Are Afraid, Don’t Wait!
When trying to save a permanent tooth, time is of the essence. If you’re paralyzed by the idea of seeing a dentist, consider contacting a local sedation dental office. If you live in the Phoenix or Paradise Valley area, we would be privileged to help you though this common dental emergency. Call us at 480-991-2290.