A sharp blow to a tooth often can be enough to dislodge it or shear it off. Failure to take immediate action can result in loss of the tooth.
If a permanent tooth is avulsed (knocked out), there is a high chance that it will survive if it is reattached to its socket.
Every minute is crucial when the tooth is out of its socket; its survival chance is decreased as the clock ticks.
What to do
There are a few important things to remember about this kind of dental emergency.
First, you have to visit your dentist IMMEDIATELY — the chances of your knocked-out tooth being re-implanted lie within these crucial minutes.
If the knocked-out tooth is a permanent tooth, you can attempt to carefully re-implant it yourself.
But if it is a temporary tooth (also called a primary or baby tooth), do not re-implant it as this can damage the developing permanent tooth underneath the gums.
Only your dentist can determine if the temporary tooth can be re-implanted.
By 12 or 13 years old, most children should have their complete set of permanent teeth. However, if you are not sure, best let your dentist handle it.
Knocked Out Baby Tooth
- Do not put a knocked out temporary tooth back in its socket. Reattaching the tooth may affect the growth of the developing permanent tooth under the gums.
- See your North Lakes dentist immediately.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
- Do not hold the tooth by its root. Instead, hold it by its crown.
- If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse it with milk or saltwater solution.
- Attempt to reattach the tooth in its socket if possible. Bite down gently on a clean gauze or a wet tea bag, keeping the tooth in place. Alfoil is also handy to help keep everything in position until you get to the dentist.
- If you cannot replace the tooth, immerse it in milk or the patient’s saliva. Do not let it dry out.
- Seek immediate treatment from your North Lakes dentist.
Treatment at Passion Family Dental North Lakes
- If the tooth is re-implanted, your North Lakes dentist will check if it is properly positioned by taking an X-ray. If it isn’t, your North Lakes dentist will correct and re-implant it, numbing the area first to make the process pain-free.
- A splinting technique is often used to keep the tooth intact. This may remain for days to weeks, depending on the severity of the damage.
- Your recovery will be monitored to ensure that your tooth is back to normal, and infection does not develop.
- Follow-up treatment may include root canal therapy to ensure the longevity of the tooth and avoid infection
Same Day Dental Emergency at Passion Family Dental North Lakes
Passion Family Dental North Lakes is your trusted and experienced emergency dentist, providing same-day care for you and your loved ones in North Lakes and the surrounding areas.
If you have a dental emergency, contact us as soon as possible so we can treat the problem immediately and prevent further damage or infection.
Visit your North Lakes dentist now!
Call us at (07) 3465 1199 immediately. We will attend to you with utmost urgency and care.
Our regular hours are from Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. For patients needing attention on Saturdays, Sundays, or after hours, call us to set an appointment.
We are located at Unit 4/6 Endeavour Boulevard in North Lakes.