It sounds like a catastrophe, but having a tooth knocked out doesn’t always mean you’ll lose that beautiful smile. Your Alaska Premier Dental Group is here to help.
More than five million times a year, someone gets a tooth knocked out. This is known as an avulsed tooth. If you can keep a cool head and remember a few simple instructions, chances are good the tooth can be saved.
The vital thing is to find the tooth, handle it carefully, and keep it in the best condition possible. Pick it up by the chewing surface (the crown); never handle it by the root.
It’s okay to gently rinse the tooth in water, but don’t scrub it or remove any tissue fragments. If you can, place it gently back in the socket. Holding it between the lip and gum, or under the tongue, is also good. The important thing is to keep it moist.
Next, get to the dentist ASAP – ideally within thirty minutes. The sooner you receive professional attention, the better the chance the tooth can be saved.
Only permanent teeth should be re-implanted. With baby teeth, the best option would be to simply wait for the permanent teeth to grow in. With adults, if the tooth cannot be saved, options include dental implants.
If you are looking for unmatched dental care, consider Alaska Premier Dental Group in Anchorage. We’ll help you maintain your beautiful smile. Our services include cosmetic dentistry (including implants), restorative dentistry, and family dentistry.
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