What to do if a tooth is knocked out
When a tooth is knocked out
FIRSTLY, MAKE SURE THAT THERE ARE NO OTHER LIFE THREATINING INJURIES WHICH MAY REQUIRE EMERGENCY MEDICAL ATTENTION. IF ALL IS CLEAR THEN
Don’t delay! Quick action can save the tooth
Time is critical
Ö WHAT SHOULD YOU DO
REMAIN CALM. HANDLE THE TOOTH ONLY BY CROWN (WHITE PART) AND NOT BY THE ROOT (YELLOW PART)
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®IF THE TOOTH IS CLEAN
Replant the tooth immediately. Use other teeth as guide. Have the patient hold the tooth in place with finger pressure; or bite on handkerchief to keep the tooth in place.
Seek dental treatment immediately- remember time is critical.
®IF THE TOOTH IS DIRTY
Clean and replant as soon as possible. If available, rinse in milk and then replant. IF milk is not immediately available then rinse briefly in cold water or have the patient gently suck the tooth clean and then replant. Seek immediate dental treatment – remember time is critical.
®IF UNABLE TO REPLANT
Keep the tooth moist by either; placing it completely submerged in MILK or alternatively dealing it in plastic wrap (e.g. Glad Wrap),. But DO NOT store the tooth in water or detergents.
Seek immediate dental treatment- remember time is critical.
®IF THE ROOT APPEARS TO BE BROKEN
Replant in socket.
Or place in milk or plastic wrap. Seek immediate dental treatment- remember time is critical.
WHAT YOU MUST NOT DO
®DO NOT HOLD THE ROOT SURFACE.
®DO NOT SCRAPE OR RUB THE ROOT SURFACE.
®DO NOT LET THE ROOT DRY OUT.
®DO NOT RINSE IN WATER FOR MORE THAN A FEW SECONDS.
®DO NOT STORE THE TOOTH IN WATER.
®DO NOT DELAY SEEKING DENTAL TREATMENT.
WHAT WILL THE DENTIST DO?
If the tooth is replanted, the dentist will make sure it is correctly positioned. If not, then the dentist will replant it. The tooth must be splinted for a short time. Your dentist will also examine the mouth for other injuries and will advise how to care for the injured tooth. Your dentist may also recommend antibiotics and possibly a tetanus booster to prevent infection due to contamination of the wound.
The tooth may need further treatment in order to avoid future complications- your dentist will explain and discuss this with you.