Although tooth avulsion may seem scary or bloody on the scene, getting your teeth knocked out is not the end of the world. Knocking out a tooth is not uncommon for those who live an active lifestyle, such as athletes. Oral health care professionals are sometimes able to re-implant avulsed teeth, if the conditions are favorable. The more quickly one sees an oral health care professional and/or the tooth is re-implanted, the more likely the tooth is to remain planted for life. So, how should one react if a tooth is knocked out or broken?
First Aid Response
After a tooth is knocked out, it should be located immediately. The same goes for a situation where multiple teeth are avulsed, find them all if you can. It is important to remember to not touch the root of the tooth, at all, in any situation. If the tooth needs to be picked up, only touch it at the crown (top of the tooth) or by the sides.
If you are able to find the tooth (teeth), rinse the tooth gently with water or milk. Do not soak the tooth in water. You may soak the tooth in milk or saliva, though. Both substances keep the tooth moist enough. Do not attempt to brush dirt off the root, if the root is dirty, immediately put it in a milk solution and bring the tooth to an oral health care professional. If the tooth is clean enough, gently insert the tooth into the place that it was knocked from. This keeps the tooth safely in place, as well as keeping it level with the other teeth. Bite down on something soft to keep the tooth from falling out, where it is at risk of being lost or being swallowed.
If the tooth cannot be re-inserted into the avulsion location, keep the tooth in a milk or saliva soak. You may also keep the tooth between your gums and lip on the bottom side, to keep the tooth in a natural environment. Seek the aid of a medical professional.
Steps To Take
1. Apply a cold compress to the mouth and gums, for pain.
2. Apply pressure using gauze or a wet tea bag. This will keep the tooth in place while lessening discomfort.
3. Seek medical attention immediately from an oral health care provider.
If The Tooth Is Broken
The situation may be more serious and more painful if the tooth or teeth are broken. If a tooth is broken, locate and collect the pieces promptly. Since there is a high risk for infection and pain associated with breaking a tooth, see an oral health care professional immediately.
If you or anyone you know experiences tooth avulsion, the staff at Austin Oral Surgery can help. Our surgeons have extensive training in the full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery services, including the treatment of avulsed or broken teeth. Contact one of our 10 convenient Austin Oral Surgery locations today at 512-402-6677 for questions or to schedule an appointment.