I Knocked My Tooth Out! What Should I Do?

There are many ways to lose a tooth, from falling to an injury during a sport. Once the tooth is gone, you may wonder if you need to do anything about it. It's crucial to get treatment as soon as you can for your oral health.

At Berger Family Dental in Reynoldsburg, Ohio, we provide a full range of high-quality dental services to keep your family’s teeth in great shape. Skilled and compassionate dentist Dr. Robert Berger and his professional staff make dental care comfortable and convenient. If you’ve lost a tooth, call them to ensure you get the care you need.

Why did I lose a tooth?

Your teeth are rooted in your jawbone and sealed by your gums. If your teeth are healthy, they should be secure in your mouth. However, an injury to your face or head can knock out a tooth. Sometimes the tooth is only partially knocked out but remains attached to your mouth, while other times, it’s completely detached.

I knocked my tooth out! What should I do?

Maybe you play basketball and get hit in the mouth, or have a skiing accident, and hit your mouth when you fall. You reach up to your mouth and find one of your teeth is loose or knocked out. What should you do next?

Pick up your tooth

If your tooth was totally knocked out, see if you can find where it landed and carefully pick it up. The tooth may be able to be reattached, so you’ll want to bring it with you to the dentist. Use care to only touch the top part of the tooth, and do not touch the roots. If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse it with soap and water. 

Try to reinsert your tooth

If the tooth was completely knocked out, you might be able to put it back in your mouth.  Gently rinse out your mouth using warm water.  Put the tooth back in the socket and bite down on a gauze pad to keep the tooth stabilized. 

Store the tooth

If you can’t reinsert the tooth, it’s important to keep it moist while traveling to the dentist. You can either store it in milk or tuck it into your cheek to keep it damp. Your dentist determines if the tooth can be saved.

Take care of your mouth

If you are bleeding, press some clean gauze to stop the bleeding. Any swelling can be decreased with a cold compress, and pain you are experiencing can be reduced by taking over the counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. 

Go to a dentist

Call your dentist and make an appointment as soon as possible, telling them it’s an emergency and providing details. When you arrive at the dentist, he assesses whether your tooth can be saved or whether you may need a replacement tooth fitted to replace the lost one.

Losing a tooth can be traumatic, and it’s important to know what you should do next to save your tooth and protect your oral health. 

Call our office to make an emergency appointment or for your more routine dental needs. You can also use our online appointment booking system to find a date and time that work best for you. 

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