Teeth often become broken in accidents, but they can also be completely knocked out. Re-implantation of the tooth is the preferred solution in this situation. In any case, Houston patients should always schedule an exam immediately after a tooth has been knocked out, which is considered a dental emergency. Failure to schedule an appointment in time can limit treatment options. With information about the ways that a knocked out tooth is treated and the procedure that should be followed until treatment, patients will be better prepared in case they find themselves in this situation.
Timeline and Treatment Possibilities
Ideally, patients should receive a check-up for a knocked out tooth within a half-hour of the incident. This will provide the best chance of re-implantation being possible. However, the tooth may still be able to be placed back in its socket after more than an hour depending on what our dentist finds. When baby teeth are knocked out, they are not normally re-implanted, as permanent teeth will replace them later anyway. Adults who have their teeth re-implanted usually also require a root canal and multiple follow-up visits to ensure the best results.
If you follow certain steps, you can maximize the chances that our dentist can put your knocked out tooth back in place. If your tooth fell on the ground, pick it up only by the crown, and avoid touching the delicate root. Use plain water, without soap, to gently rinse the tooth if it is dirty. You should not scrub or dry it because those activities could cause damage. Keeping the tooth moist is essential to maintaining its condition, so put it inside your cheek or in a glass of milk, not water, until you see our dentist.
The best policy is to avoid a knocked out tooth altogether. A personalized mouth guard from Dr. Nazari, Houston dentist, is a reliable protection against losing a tooth due to physical accident. If one of your teeth is knocked out, you can count on our dentist to present all possible solutions. Tooth replacements, such as dentures, dental implants, and bridges may be recommended if re-implantation is not possible.
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