Saving a Knocked-Out Tooth

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Few things induce panic like a knocked-out tooth. Of course, there is trauma from the accident that dislodged the tooth, but there is also pain, perhaps blood, along with concerns about one’s appearance. People may wonder if they will have to go through life without a tooth and if they can get to the dentist in time.

If you have a knocked-out tooth, locate it if you can. Remember to handle it only by the crown, and not by the roots. If possible, try to gently place it back in the socket. If you can do put it back in the socket bite down gently on it through a piece of clean gauze until you can see the dentist.

If you can’t put it back, you should place it in a container of milk or your own saliva, hold it between your teeth and gums, or put it in a tooth-preserving solution. Ideally, you should be able to save the tooth if you see the dentist within thirty minutes after the tooth is knocked out, although in some cases, you may have up to two hours. However, you should make an appointment to see our dentist, Dr. Brent Pulley as soon as possible.

If you find yourself dealing with a lost tooth in Phoenix, Arizona, don’t delay, call Desert Foothills Dental at 480-460-1911 right away.