A dental injury in which a tooth is completely knocked-out is called a tooth avulsion by dentists. These types of dental injuries, usually caused by contact sports, are serious and should be tended to as soon as possible. Luckily, there are many methods of treatment and procedures available to return the state of your oral health back to the way it was.
Have you ever wondered what the proper procedure is when a tooth is knocked-out or wondered what you are supposed to do if it ever happened to you? Well, here at Washington Dental Group in we have various locations where our teams are well equipped to help you with all of your oral health needs. Our dentist, Dr. Yong Park, is familiar with the diverse kinds of damage an avulsed tooth can cause and will work with you to find the best course of action for your case.
– Keeping the tooth moist is essential, and a good way to do this is by dropping it into a glass of milk. If you are unable to place the tooth in milk, then an alternative to keep the tooth moist is placing it in your mouth between your cheek and gums, or in a glass with your saliva or water.
– If the avulsed tooth is dirty, this can be a problem as well, so it needs to be cleaned as soon as you can. To do this hold the tooth by the crown (the top part), and rinse it with milk, and if you do not have milk available, rinse it with water. Wiping the tooth off with your shirt or other fabric can damage the tooth further, so be sure to avoid this.
– Handled the avulsed tooth carefully and take care not to touch the root, also known as the part of the tooth that was under the gum, because it can be damaged easily.
– If you are able, slip the tooth back into its socket, as this can protect it from getting damaged further. Make sure that the tooth is facing the right way when you do this, and that you do not force it or put pressure on the root when re-inserting it.
If you have any questions or worries about tooth avulsion, call at 1-800-823-0830 to schedule an appointment with one of the capable members of our team.