Emergency Dental Care
What do you do when your tooth is knocked out?
Don’t delay! Quick action can save the toot as time is critical. Teeth can be knocked out of a person’s mouth by various accidents – for example at home, in the playgrounds, in sport, or motor vehicle accidents. These teeth can be saved by action fast. The teeth can be put straight back in the mouth (known as replanted), and can usually return to normal function and appearance. The most critical factor in replacing a tooth is time. Quick action to locate the tooth, clean it, replant it, or keep it moist will give the best chance of success. Teeth that are replanted within 30 minutes have the best chance surviving.
The time taken to obtain treatment from a dentist is also critical. If possible have someone telephone to alert an Emergency dentist near you of the accident.
What you should do in this emergency situation
Remain clam. Find the tooth. Handle the tooth only by the crown (whiter part) and not by the root (yellow part)
1) If the tooth is clean
Relant immediately. Use the other teeth as a guide. Have the patient hold the tooth in place with finger pressure: or bite on a handkerchief to keep the tooth in place. Seek immediate emergency dental treatment – remember time is critical
2) If the tooth is dirty
Clean and replant as soon as possible. If available, rinse in milk and then replant. If milk is not immediately available then rinse BRIEFLY in cold water or have the patient gently suck the tooth clean then replant. Seek immediate emergency dental treatment – remember time is critical.
3) If unable to replant
Keep the tooth moist by either: Placing it completely submerged in MILK or Alternatively sealing it in plastic wrap (eg. Glad Wrap, or placing it in the patient’s mouth next to the cheek. But DO NOT store the tooth in water or detergents. Seek immediate emergency dental treatment – remember time is critical.
4) If the root appears to be broken
Replant in socket. Or place in milk or plastic wrap. Seek immediate emergency dental treatment – remember time is critical.
What you should NOT do
Do not hold the root surface. Do not scrape or rub the root surface. Do not let the tooth dry out. Do not rinse in water for more than a few seconds. Do not store in in water. Do not delay seeking dental treatment.
How will your dentist treat this situation?
If the tooth has been replanted the dentist will make sure that it is correctly positioned. If it has not been replanted, then the dentist will replant it. The tooth must be splinted in place for a short time. Your dentist will also examine the mouth for other injuries and advise how to care for the injured tooth. Your dentist may also recommend antibiotics and possibly a tetanus booster to prevent infection due to contamination of the tooth and wound. The tooth may need further treatment to avoid any further problems developing.
Who treats knocked out teeth?
All of our Holistic dentist are trained to treat emergency teeth that have been knocked out. They can all provide emergency and follow-up treatment which usually includes root canal treatment. Millions of teeth each year are saved from extraction or badly damaged due to decay on injury. We recommend a follow up review in three to six month to ensure that the tooth is re-implanted successfully. If you are unable to get an appointment with our multi location Holistic Dental, try The Royal Dental Hospital on Swanston Street, Melbourne.