A knocked-out tooth is considered a dental emergency. How you handle it may make the difference between saving your smile and losing a tooth. If you or someone you love knocks out a tooth, here is what you need to know.
1. Keep the tooth safe.
Avoid touching the root of the tooth. If it is dirty, hold it by the crown and gently rinse it off. Do not brush or scrub it.
2. Keep the tooth moist.
If possible, slip the tooth between your cheek and your gum to keep it wet. In children or those who may be at risk of swallowing the tooth, put the tooth in a glass of milk. Drug stores often carry tooth-saving kits, so buying one of these in advance can help you be prepared for a dental emergency such as an avulsion.
3. Seek dental help.
Contact us to schedule an emergency dental visit. Acting quickly can help reduce the risk of further damage and can get your tooth back into place more easily.
In many cases, we are able to save the tooth. If the tooth cannot be saved, we will explain your restoration options, which can help keep remaining teeth properly aligned and healthy. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our emergency dentist in Thousand Oaks.