How To Treat A Knocked Out Tooth

If your periodontium is weak, and you experience trauma to the mouth,or if the trauma hits you at the right angle with the right amount of force, you may be in the “lucky” situation that your entire tooth gets knocked out, with root structure and everything else still intact. In this case, you will have the option of saving your tooth, if you follow these simple instructions. 

What to check for

Before you want to start saving your tooth, there are a couple of things you should check to make sure are there or not there, as the case may be. You have to make sure that your tooth is actually intact, and has all of its pieces, that it ends in a root that closes, and is not open, and that the crown portion s also closed, and all of the enamel is unbroken and has no holes or cavities on it. 

You also have to make sure that the socket is open, and that there is no damage to the surrounding tissue, you do not need stitches, and your jawbone has been spared, and is not broken anywhere near the site of the missing tooth. If all of these things check out, you can save your tooth easily. Here’s how!

1)  Save your tooth!

Do not let your tooth be stepped on or anything, save the original tooth that got knocked out, you will be needing it, an the dentist will be placing back your original, living tooth into the socket. Trust me, this is a good thing, dental prostheses are complicated, expensive and are never as good as your original teeth.

2) Care for your tooth

Your knocked out tooth is just as alive as it was when it was in your mouth- for now. And if you get to a dentist in time, it will remain alive for many more years, hopefully. When you get home, wash off any and all dirt that may be on there, and then place the tooth in some mouthwash for like 5 minutes. There may be some gum like material attached to the tooth, do NOT remove these,as these will help you reintegrate your tooth into your jawbone! If anything is stuck ot the tooth that is not a part of you, gently remove it with a toothbrush and some dental floss.

3) Warm milk therapy

Put your tooth in some milk that is body warmth, and keep it in there until you get into the emergency room where a dentist can place the tooth back in its place. The milk will keep the tooth alive outside of the mouth, will kill any residual bacteria, and will provide nourishment for your tooth until it is placed back where it is supposed to go.

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