We’ve all lost teeth as part of growing (remember when the Tooth Fairy used to visit?).
But this was natural part of eventually gaining our permanent teeth. But losing a tooth in an accident is a traumatic experience, and one for which you need to be prepared.
The preparations and first aid differ, depending on the age of the person who has lost a tooth
If the victim is older than 5 – 6 years it is likely that the knocked out tooth is a permanent (adult) one. Adult teeth can often be saved if immediate first aid is performed and the tooth is handled appropriately. The most important thing is that the delicate tissue covering the tooth root needs to be protected to ensure successful re-implantation and prevent any infection.
If a child is 4 – 5 years old or younger a knocked out tooth is likely to be a baby or primary tooth. In this case treatment is not always necessary, as the tooth was eventually going to fall out naturally. Still, it is a good idea to have your Western Clinic Dental dentist examine the child as soon as possible, to ensure that all is well.
Western Clinic Dental hopes you or your loved ones never have a tooth knocked out, but if a tooth is knocked out, you need to have all the information required to save that tooth.
Prepared with a solid strategy and acting quickly, many knocked out (“avulsed”) teeth can be reinserted!
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING: Keep Your Western Clinic Dental dentist in your contact list
Time is the most important element when dealing with a knocked-out tooth. So, the first and most important thing to do is to call your Western Clinic Dental dentist immediately for an emergency appointment. This means you should have our phone number in your phone!
What to do if a tooth is knocked out
To save a tooth that has been knocked out:
- Retrieve the tooth
Handle the tooth by its top (the crown), not by the root. Touching the root of an avulsed tooth can contaminate it and cause additional damage that renders re-implantation more difficult.
- Clean the tooth
If the tooth is contaminated, rinse it very gently using milk or water. Do not disturb any tissue clinging to the root and NEVER use soap, scrubbing implements, or any tools to dry it.
- Reinsert the tooth
Restore the tooth to the gum socket as quickly as possible. The faster reinsertion is achieved, the higher the chances of saving the tooth. If returning the tooth to the mouth is not possible, move on to preserving the tooth and getting to your dentist.
Preserve the tooth if it cannot be reinserted
If the tooth will not go back into the jaw, preserving it properly improves the chances that your dentist will be able to reinsert it. Keep the tooth so that necessary cells and tissue remain alive.
The perfect preservation liquid is milk, if it is available. If the patient is old enough to do so without the risk of a tooth being swallowed, the tooth can also be held inside of the mouth.
There are also over-the-counter products to help save avulsed teeth, and if you have an emergency aid kit, it might be a good idea to include one of them. Tap water is not recommended.
What your Western Clinic Dental can do
Your Western Clinic Dental dentist will take a look to see if the tooth is in good enough condition to return to full function. If the tooth looks reinsertable, X-rays will quickly be taken to determine if the root socket can support reinsertion. Your dentist will then reinsert the tooth and splint (attach) it to adjacent teeth so it will not shift and will have support.
If the tooth has been out of the mouth for more than 20 minutes, your dentist may soak the tooth in a salt solution and then apply an antibiotic before re-implanting it.
Your dentist will decide how long the splint should remain.
If the bone surrounding the tooth wasn’t badly damaged, the tooth should reattach in about three to four weeks. If the bone is damaged recovery may take longer or be impossible. Your Western Clinic Dental dentist will schedule appointments to check on the progress of the reinsertion. After this, regular checkups will be all that is needed to monitor the tooth.
The Western Clinic Way of Dental Health
Western Clinic Dental is the right choice for dental care in the Torrensville area. We offer comprehensive general and restorative dental treatments, personalised dental services, and reasonably-priced dental treatments. These treatments are performed in our modern dental surgery using cutting-edge equipment and treatment methodologies!
Our offices are near the corner of South and Henley roads in Torrensville. Western Clinic Dental offers weekend hours, is adjacent to public transportation.
Same Day Emergency Appointment Available
For Dental Emergency, call us on (08) 8443 9614 for immediate attention or visit us at Level 1 / 152 to 154 Henley Beach Road in Torrensville.