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What to do When a Tooth Gets Knocked Out?

Hey! I’m Dr. Frank at Walden Dental. What do you do when your tooth gets knocked out?

Number 1: Don’t panic. You want to look for that tooth and you want to get it cleaned off as quickly as possible. So stop what you’re doing, assess what’s happened and find that tooth

Number 2: Rinse the tooth. The best way to rinse it is with something called Hank’s Balance Salt Solution, but if you don’t have that and you’ve got a wet mouth place the tooth directly back in your mouth

Number 3: Find the right orientation for how that tooth can literally be placed back in if it got totally knocked out. If you can hold in there and you can get it back in your mouth comfortably within the first twenty minutes of it being knocked out that is the best chance that you have to keep your tooth. There would be some other dental treatment that would be necessary, but boy, anytime we can keep what is God’s given natural body part – meaning your tooth – all the better.

The Final Step: Call your dentist. You wanna be able to let your dentist know what has happened. The dentist is probably gonna want to see you in the office. We want to make sure, is the tooth placed in the right position? Is the tooth still available to be used for long term? And what do we need to do to help secure that tooth in the mouth? Sometimes it will be like with temporary braces, so to speak. We want to use your other teeth that are surrounding the one that just got knocked out to hold that in a proper position and we want to give that tooth a chance to heal and tell your jawbone, “Please re-grow back on this tooth”.

So hopefully some of this information helps. To find out more, please take a look at our website at www.waldendentaltx.com, or give us a call or text at 512-337-8560.

Take care, live well, and smile.

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