You and your family come to us regularly at Dentist Epping and carefully look after your teeth, so they will provide you with life-long service, but one day there’s an accident and someone’s tooth is knocked out!
What a disaster, you feel!
Can the tooth be saved?
What should you do?
But it’s not all bad news — the tooth can be saved if you do a few things quickly and then come to Epping Dentist straight away.
What do you do, before you come to us?
- Find the tooth, and carefully pick it up by its chewing surface (i.e. crown) without touching its root.
- Carefully rinse it in water (without using any chemicals or soap), seeing as it will most likely be dirty.
- Place the tooth back into its socket immediately, if you can, and then ever-so gently push it in by using your fingers, or by slowly and carefully biting down on it. Back in its socket is the safest place for it to be.
- If it’s not possible to put the tooth back into its socket, either hold it in your check next to your teeth, where it will be nice and moist, or store it in some milk (not water).
Then come with the tooth to see us at Dentist Epping asap — absolutely as soon as practicable. Within 30 minutes, if you can manage it.
The Epping Dentist Emergency Dentist will then do what is required to save the tooth permanently and ensure the patient is not shocked.
By following these steps, a knocked-out tooth is not a long-term problem!
The shock and trauma of the accident will soon be a thing of the past, and the tooth will serve its owner faithfully for many more years!