If you have a knocked-out tooth, you need to act quickly to save it. It’s good to know what steps to take ahead of time to give yourself the best chance of saving your tooth. That’s why Eastside Family Dentistry has put together this guide to help you learn everything you need to know.
How to Save Your Tooth – Your Step-by-Step Guide
Time is of the essence when you have a tooth knocked out. Ideally, your tooth should be replaced within 1 hour to save it, though teeth can sometimes be saved up to 2 hours after being knocked out. So here’s what you need to do.
- Recover your tooth – First, recover your tooth. If it’s dirty, hold it by the crown (top) and rinse it off under warm water. Do not touch the root (bottom) of the tooth, if possible.
- Store the tooth properly – Next, you need to store your tooth properly. You can hold it in your cheek near the socket, gently replace it in the socket, or put it in a container of cold milk. The most important thing is that you keep the tooth moist at all times.
- Call Eastside Family Dentistry – Call us right away at (425) 391-9200. Dr. Cristescu will immediately clear time in her schedule to treat you, since a knocked-out tooth is a very serious and time-sensitive dental emergency.
- Come into our office as soon as you possibly can – You can use some clean paper towels or gauze to help with bleeding if your mouth is bleeding a lot. But you should not waste time trying to relieve your pain or ice your cheek. You need to come to our office ASAP. Once you arrive, Dr. Cristescu will clean your tooth and the socket, replace the tooth, and splint it in place so that it can heal and reattach to your mouth.
Be Proactive – Consider a Sports Mouthguard to Protect Yourself!
It may not always be possible to prevent your tooth from getting knocked out, like if you slip and fall and hit your mouth on an object. But there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk.
For example, about 5 million teeth are knocked out every year, and it’s been estimated that around 13% to 39% of oral injuries occur when playing sports. That means buying a sports mouthguard is one of the best ways to protect yourself.
At Eastside Family Dentistry, Dr. Cristescu can provide you with a custom-fitted, comfortable mouthguard that will protect your teeth from being knocked out, chipped, or damaged while you play your favorite sports.
Know How to Save Your Tooth – And How to Protect Yourself!
When you experience a dental emergency like a knocked-out tooth in Issaquah, Dr. Cristescu is here to help. Call us at (425) 391-9200 to get the same-day care you need. We’re always standing by to treat your dental emergency and help you get relief from your pain and discomfort.
And remember, if you play contact sports, we recommend contacting us to schedule an appointment and get a custom-fitted mouthguard to protect your teeth. It’s better to be safe than sorry!