Avulsed Permanent Tooth: What To Do
Unfortunately, permanent teeth are not always as permanent as we would like them to be. Avulsed, or knocked-out teeth, are serious dental emergencies when the tooth that comes out is permanent. Fortunately, the damage can be repaired, and if you act quickly, your tooth can most likely be saved.
WHEN YOU HAVE AN AVULSED TOOTH, HERE’S WHAT YOU CAN DO
For the greatest chance that your tooth can be saved, handle the tooth carefully. Do your best to not touch the root of the tooth as it can be damaged very easily.
Keep the tooth clean and moist. To clean the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part above the gum), and rinse it with milk. If there is no milk available, water will be adequate. Do not scrub it down with fabric such as your shirt or a towel as this can damage the tooth.
To keep the tooth moist, drop it into a glass of milk. If this is not feasible, place it between your gum and cheek. If a young child has lost a permanent tooth, have him or her spit into a cup, and store the tooth in the cup of saliva. This mitigates the risk of your child accidentally swallowing the tooth.
WHAT A DENTIST CAN DO
If you take care of your tooth once it has fallen out, a dentist can re-implant your tooth. Ideally, the avulsed tooth should be put back into place within an hour of it falling out. Whether your dentist chooses to perform a root canal immediately depends on several factors including how long the tooth was out of your mouth.
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT TODAY
Once you have taken the necessary steps to protect your tooth, it is important you schedule an appointment with a dental professional right away. For more information on what to do if a permanent tooth falls out, or to schedule an emergency dental appointment, contact us today.