Millions of children and adults lose a tooth due to accidents and injuries. When no immediate measure or help is given, the loss of natural tooth can be permanent. At Hermes London Dental Clinic, we provide emergency dental care to patients who unexpectedly knocked out a tooth or several teeth.
Depending on the severity of the injury, there is a great chance that we may be able to re-implant your lost teeth. In the meantime, here are some things you can do while professional help is not available.
First of all, do not panic.
Second, if the tooth has fallen somewhere, locate it immediately, which is why you should not panic. It is important that you do not leave it at the site of the accident. Carefully pick it up from the ground by the crown. The root has to be kept clean and untouched to avoid contamination and further damage.
If the tooth is dirty, you may rinse it with water. Do not scrub it or attempt to clean with tissue and other solid materials. Do not use soap or other cleaning agents.
Carefully reinsert the tooth into the socket. The sooner you do this, the greater the chances that the tooth will survive. Reposition the tooth into the socket with your clean fingers, or push it above the socket. Close your mouth slowly and hold the tooth in place by gently biting on a clean paper towel, or with your fingers.
The purpose of replacing the tooth back into the mouth is to keep it moist, which preserves its life. Leaving it to dry can reduce the likelihood of the re-implanting to work.
If, for one reason or another, you cannot reposition it back in the socket, you may place it in the mouth, next to the cheek, or in a glass of milk. Water is not recommended for long-term storage because the cells of the root surface cannot thrive under water for extended periods.
The most advisable thing you can do at this point is run to the nearest endodontist you can find, most ideally within 30 minutes.
Hermes London Dental offers a same-day treatment for all dental emergencies, not just tooth loss, but also toothache, broken crowns, chipped teeth and abscesses. Our dentists can address your injuries to ensure a quicker and more effective recovery.
Contact us if you are ever in a dental emergency.