Knocked-Out Tooth – Plano, TX
Here to Help in Your Time of Need
Whether you know it or not, your smile is an incredibly strong part of your body. However, that doesn’t mean it can’t be affected by injury. Whether you’ve fallen, or you experience trauma during sports, it’s possible for your tooth to fall out. If this occurs, the last thing you want to do is panic. That’s why Dr. Kamali has included some important information on how to handle your knocked-out tooth. Keep reading to learn the best way to save your smile in the event of this common dental emergency.
What Should You Do If Your Tooth Gets Knocked Out?
Adult teeth are firmly rooted in the jawbone, so if one gets knocked out, you’ll need dental treatment as soon as possible. Should a knocked-out tooth occur, pick it up by the crown to leave the roots undamaged. Carefully rinse it off, but do not scrub the tooth as this may harm it. After, you can try to put it back in its socket, holding the tooth in place with your tongue. If this isn’t possible, store it in water or milk to keep it moist until you can visit our office. If you can come in to see Dr. Kamali within an hour or so of the dental emergency, there is a good chance that it can be successfully replanted.
How Can You Manage Pain?
When a tooth gets knocked out, there is often some pain that occurs. However, staying calm is the best step you can take. Use gauze to stop bleeding, switching it out when it becomes soaked. You can also use a cold compress to numb the area and reduce swelling. Next, take some over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen to manage your discomfort. Once you have the situation under control, visit our office immediately for treatment. After, we may prescribe you additional medication to help with any soreness you may experience.
Treatment Options for Knocked-Out Teeth
Thankfully, we have various treatment options if one of your teeth does get knocked-out. We will always try to save your tooth, but when this isn’t possible, we may recommend an implant-supported crown. This solution restores your tooth from the roots up, and it looks, feels, and functions just like your natural smile. We also have dental bridges to literally “bridge” the gap in your grin. If multiple teeth get knocked-out, we may recommend a partial denture. The solution that works best will directly depend on your pattern of tooth loss.
Now that you know what to do if one of your teeth gets knocked-out, there is no need to worry. Remember this information to keep you and your family healthy during this common dental emergency.