It’s an occurrence we sometimes give little thought to until it’s already happened. Imagine you’re at a friend’s place. You’re having a BBQ, when suddenly a family member runs up crying and holding their knocked out tooth. Exactly what should you do?
- Before something happens, do some light research: Studying how to save a tooth can make a huge difference. Knocking out a tooth can be distressing but being aware of what to do in the first hour can possibly save the tooth.
- Recover the tooth: Carefully rinse any blood or dirt out of the tooth in water or milk and avoid scrubbing.
- Stop the tooth dehydrating: Prevent drying by placing it in the socket, if you are able, and only bite down using gauze. In the event the tooth can’t be re implanted, it is essential that the tooth stays in milk or within the cheek until you receive emergency dental treatment. Do not store it in water.
- Contact your dentist for an emergency appointment ASAP: Getting professional treatment within six hours will greatly improve the prospects of saving your tooth.
Prevention is advisable
Although accidents can happen, you can prevent damage by:
- Wear a custom mouthguard when playing sport
- Stay far away from chewing hard foods including ice
- Use scissors, not teeth, when opening packages
When a dental emergency occurs, it can be stressful to think that the damage is permanent. If the tooth can’t be saved we still many options available to save your smile, and we will do our very best to see you as soon as possible to minimise your anxiety. Our patients – and your smile – are our top priority!
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, we encourage you to discuss these matters with an appropriately qualified health practitioner.