So you just lost your tooth. Well done, you. No one expected that. It happens to everyone sooner or later, and it’s time to accept it. However, a tooth knocked out in a fight is another thing altogether. You might think that you’d be able to save the tooth you lost, but almost every time you think of it, there’s been an emergency, and you don’t have time to take care of your tooth before the trouble is over. The good news is that saving a knocked-out tooth isn’t that hard, and what you need is dental care like nothing else. Tooth preservation requires planning, but it can be done before emergencies happen. Let’s see how to save a knocked-out tooth;
1.. Pick up the tooth by the crown (the chewing surface), NOT the root.
Germs and bacteria are attracted to the tooth’s root, so don’t touch it. Touching the root can also damage it, which means you won’t be able to put it back in place.
2. If dirty, gently rinse the tooth with water.
Rinse the tooth that’s been knocked out with water. This will clean it of dirt and any other debris that might be stuck to it. Don’t try to scrub the tooth with your fingers, as this might damage it.
3. Call for help immediately and get to a dentist as soon as possible.
No matter how painful or inconvenient it is, don’t try to save your knocked-out tooth unless you have all the necessary precautions. Call for help immediately, then see a dentist before anything else happens to your mouth or teeth. It doesn’t matter how much pain you’re in; visit the dentist immediately.
4. Put your tooth in milk or saliva, NOT WATER!
Water can wash away the cells that hold your tooth together and cause it to fall apart before you even get to a dentist. Milk or saliva will keep those cells intact and help preserve your tooth for longer than water. Cold milk is best because cold liquids preserve cells better than warm ones. You should also avoid putting a knocked-out tooth in anything sweet, like soda or juice, because sugar can cause decay if left on a knocked-out tooth for long enough.
5. Reposition the tooth in the socket immediately, if possible.
You should place the tooth in the socket while it’s still warm. If you don’t have a dental mirror, use a flashlight and hold it up to your face to see what the tooth looks like. If there’s any blood in the socket, clean out the blood with either water or sterile saline solution and dry it off with a clean tissue.
6. Fill the affected area with cotton or gauze
You can use sterile gauze or cotton to fill up the affected area of your mouth, but note that gauze is better than cotton because it doesn’t absorb as much of your saliva as cotton does. Place two fingers on top of the tooth and move them around in an X-shape motion to agitate your saliva and help it flow into the area between your teeth where you want to put your tooth. Do this until you feel that you have enough spit in that area; be careful not to put too much into that section so that it puddles there instead of going into your mouth.
If you keep your teeth healthy, you can prevent many dental problems from happening. If a tooth is knocked out, you should visit a dentist as soon as possible. Even if your tooth isn’t knocked out, you should still see the dentist because it is best to prepare for future dental problems.