Tooth Knocked Loose

Both children and adults are susceptible to knocking teeth loose. It can result from an injury or an accident, but it doesn’t mean your tooth is gone for good. There are proper emergency actions that can help fix a permanent tooth knocked loose. A dentist can replant it successfully, and you can move on.

The first thing you should do is act quickly. Do your best to contact your dentist, or an emergency dental office, within 30 minutes of the incident. Follow these tooth-saving tips: Locate the tooth as quickly and possible and pick it up by the crown, not the root. Rinse the tooth off gently with water if it appears dirty. If you can, push the tooth back into the socket and hold it in place with a finger or by keeping your mouth closed. It’s important to keep the tooth moist at all times. You can either keep it in your mouth or in your cheek. You can also use an emergency tooth preservation kit. If you don’t have one, use one of the other two options. Avoid immersing the tooth in tap water because it will damage the root surface cells.

Should you worry if your child knocks out a baby tooth? No. They may talk with a lisp for a while, but the permanent tooth will replace the gap when the time is right.

Having a tooth knocked loose can be a scary ordeal. Having the right dentist can make all the difference, so put your trust in the dental specialists at Woodstock Smiles. We’ve been serving the Portland, Oregon, area with excellent and comprehensive care for years. Our emergency services will ensure you’re able to receive immediate care for any tooth knocked out of position. We’ll take care of you in a kind, friendly, and expert manner. Turn to Woodstock Smiles for all your dental needs.