Having a tooth knocked out is a common injury associated with sports, automobile accidents, bicycling accidents, skateboarding accidents and other traumas. It is also every parent or individual’s worst nightmare. So what should you do if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation? There are a number of things you can do to increase the chances of saving the tooth.
First of all, if one of your teeth or your children’s teeth is knocked out, you should save the tooth and get it to your dentist or oral surgeon for reimplantation as soon as possible! The longer it is out of the mouth, the less likely it is that it will be able to be successfully reimplanted. There are a variety of options for transporting the tooth to the dentist or oral surgeon’s office. The best-case scenario is to place the tooth back into your mouth. If possible, place the tooth back into your mouth so that it is level with your other teeth. You can gently bite down on gauze or a tea bag to help keep it into place. However, you should be very careful not to accidentally swallow the tooth. If this is not possible, you can place the tooth into a small container and cover it with saliva or milk. Please note that when handling the tooth, you should always pick it up by the crown. Another option is to carry the tooth between your gum and lower lip or under your tongue. Again, you must be very careful not to accidentally swallow the tooth. There are also a variety of tooth-saving kits that can be purchased ahead of time and placed in your family’s emergency kit. These kits contain a storage device as well as a fluid to place over the tooth.
Hopefully, your tooth can be saved and successfully reimplanted into your mouth. If not, there are a variety of tooth replacement options that can be used to replace a missing tooth. A dental implant-supported crown is a very good option for replacing a single tooth. This permanent tooth replacement option looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth so you may be the only one who knows that you ever lost one! If you have lost a tooth due to a trauma or injury and it was not able to be saved, talk to your dentist or oral surgeon today to find out if you are a candidate for a dental-implanted supported crown.