What to do if you lose a tooth in this dramatic manner?
Mostly, when we lose a tooth, it will have been a gradual process. Either problems have been happening, without our knowledge, for some time, resulting in the need for extraction, or, the tooth may have been repaired with fillings etc a number of times until it is no longer viable to save it.
Not all tooth loss occurs in this way though, and, although relatively rare, a tooth can be knocked clean out of the socket, usually through a heavy blow such as by a cricket ball or even a heavy fall.
Providing that the correct actions are taken, it may just be possible to replace the natural tooth into the socket, allowing it to heal. In today’s blog, our Greenwich dentists discuss what to do should this happen to you.
Pick up the tooth
Obviously, the first thing that you need to do is to pick up the tooth. This should be done as soon as possible. Time is a key factor in saving a tooth that has been knocked out in this way. You should pick the tooth up by the crown part of the tooth; that is the part that you would normally see above the gum line. Avoid touching the root part of the tooth at all.
Clean the tooth
If the tooth has collected any dust or dirt, you should clean this off. Do not wipe or scrub the tooth though, simply give it a quick rinse. Don’t wrap the tooth in cloth or paper of any kind.
Replace the tooth if possible