It may sound like a catastrophe, but having a tooth knocked out doesn’t necessarily mean your smile is destroyed forever. If you can keep a cool head and remember a few simple instructions from Winston-Salem Dental Group, chances are good your tooth can be saved.
The vital thing to remember if you’ve had a tooth knocked out is to find it, handle it carefully, and keep it in the best condition possible so their dentist can reinsert it properly.
- Do not handle the tooth by the root
- Only touch the crown
- Gently rinse the tooth in water, but don’t scrub it or remove any tissue
The best place for the tooth to be held is back in the socket (placed there gently, of course), but that isn’t always possible. Holding the tooth between the lip and gum or under the tongue is good too, just be careful not to swallow. If neither of these is an option, keep it moist. Placing it in milk is good, but you can roll it in Kleenex and spit on it, too.
Next, you’ll want to get to Winston-Salem Dental Group promptly. Most teeth that are reinserted within an hour can be saved.
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