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Can You Put a Knocked-Out Tooth Back in Yourself?

February 18, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — nawrockidmdteam @ 7:55 pm
person with a knocked-out tooth covering their mouth

The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) estimates that over 5 million adults and children have one of their teeth knocked out each year. If this happens to you, is it okay for you to try to put it back in its socket on your own? Read on to learn what you should do if you have a knocked-out tooth, if it’s okay for you to put it back into its socket, and whether or not your emergency dentist will be able to save it.

What to Do If You Have a Knocked-Out Tooth

If one of your teeth gets knocked out, the first thing you should do is call your dentist. They will be able to explain the next steps. Once you’ve done that, try to locate the tooth. Pick it up by the crown, which is the top portion of it, to avoid damaging the sensitive cells on the roots so they’ll stay intact. You will also want to avoid exposing the roots to water, disinfectants, or soaps, as these can burst the cells and make it much more difficult for your dentist to reattach the tooth.

How to Store the Tooth Until You Can See Your Emergency Dentist

It’s also important that you keep the tooth moist. If possible, carefully position it above its socket and use your fingers to gently push it into place. Next, lightly bite down on a piece of clean gauze to help hold it in place. You can also place it in your mouth between your cheek and gums. Though saliva is the best liquid to store your tooth in, the American Association of Endodontists says that placing it in milk or an emergency tooth preservation kit will also work.

Is It Possible to Save a Knocked-Out Tooth?

The sooner you can get in to see your dentist, the better. Making it to their office within 30 minutes will give you the best chances of having the tooth successfully reattached. If possible, your dentist will position the knocked-out tooth in the socket and use a splint to connect it to the neighboring teeth. This will ensure that the tooth stays in place to facilitate the healing process. However, if the tooth can’t be replaced or if you weren’t able to find it, you should work with your dentist to decide which tooth replacement method is best for your smile. Leaving the space empty can lead to several oral health problems, including crooked teeth, bite issues, and jawbone deterioration.  

Though you will hopefully never have to experience a knocked-out tooth,  the above information should help you know what to do if you ever end up in this situation. It’s key to visit your dentist as soon as possible so you have a better chance of saving the tooth and repairing your smile.

About the Practice

Getting one of your teeth knocked out is never really fun, but the skilled Orange Park team led by Dr. Matthew Nawrocki can help you get the situation under control. They offer emergency dental services for when the unexpected happens and will do what they can to repair your smile. To make an appointment with Dr. Matthew Nawrocki and his Orange Park team or for more information on how to handle a knocked-out tooth, visit their website or call their office at (904) 272-1588.

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