A tooth avulsion, or in other words a knocked-out tooth, is a serious injury, but if you act fast, there is a chance that your tooth can be saved. The important thing to remember in the case of a tooth avulsion is that the nerves, blood vessels, and supporting tissues are very delicate, and have suffered damage. That is why all avulsed teeth will need a root canal. The odds are much higher when it comes to saving children’s teeth, but permanent teeth may be saved as well.
Our dentist is here to help if you have experienced a tooth avulsion. Our experienced team at Creekside Dental Ellensburg in Ellensburg, Washington, wants you to maintain a healthy smile and are capable of handling dental emergencies such as tooth avulsions.
If a tooth avulsion occurs, there are various things you can do to increase your chances of successfully re-implanting the tooth. Here are some suggestions:
– Handle the avulsed tooth carefully and take care not to touch the root, also known as the part of the tooth that was under the gum, because it can be damaged easily.
– If the avulsed tooth is dirty, hold the tooth by the crown (the top part), and rinse it with milk, and if you do not have milk available, rinse it with water. It is important not to wipe it off with a shirt or other fabric as this could damage the tooth further.
– Keep the tooth moist. An effective way to do this is by dropping it into a glass of milk. If you are unable to place the tooth in milk, then a good alternative is to place the tooth in your mouth between your cheek and gum. If the avulsed tooth belongs to your child and you are worried that they will swallow it, the tooth can be placed in a glass with the child’s saliva.
– Try slipping the tooth back in its socket. In some cases, the tooth will slip right back into place, but it’s important to ensure that it is facing the right way and that you don’t force it back into the socket in any way.
Your course of action will vary depending on the severity of your dental injury and upon how long the tooth was out of your mouth. If you have experienced a tooth avulsion, there is hope of re-implanting your tooth! If you have any questions regarding dental injuries or you have experienced one yourself, call at 509-933-4800 to schedule an appointment with our capable team.