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Knocked Out Tooth
Accidents can happen at any time and unexpectedly. Unfortunately, a sudden blow in the face or mouth can sometimes result in teeth being knocked out.
It can be a traumatic experience, both emotionally and physically. Not only is the appearance of your smile affected, but the functionality of your mouth as well. It may lead to permanent loss if a knocked-out tooth doesn’t get back into the socket (where a tooth is located). The remaining teeth will later shift towards the space, and your chewing ability may be affected.
The likelihood of them surviving becomes less as time goes on, but there’s always a chance to save it with immediate placement and attention from a dentist. Thankfully, there are treatments for avulsed teeth at Hills Family Dental Centre. The dentists in our practice are available to provide immediate care for your mouth and will apply their knowledge in performing dental services to preserve your tooth. If necessary, we’ll find ways to replace it as soon as possible and help you restore your smile.
Common Causes of a
Knocked Out Tooth
Generally, a force or impact that’s intense enough can dislodge the tooth from its socket in your jaw. There are several causes that may explain why you lost a tooth, which can include the following instances:
Impact to the Mouth from a Fist
A blow to the face is one possible scenario that could lose a tooth from the socket.
Strenuous Sports Activity
Individuals who participate in contact sports have a high risk of losing teeth. In particular, those who do not wear a mouthguard.
An Intense Fall
If you fall and hit your mouth hard on something, that might cause a tooth to come out as well.
Bicycle or Vehicle Accidents
Being involved in a car accident poses the danger of experiencing a great impact collision.
Biting Down on Something Hard
Eating hard snacks, like crunchy bread, popcorn kernels, seeded fruits, and hard candies may crack or break your tooth.
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Dental Services That
Can Address Knocked Out Tooth
The skilled dentist in our office may be able to reposition and stabilize a tooth that is partially out of the socket.
One of the dental services that can address a knocked-out tooth that is impossible to place back in the socket is getting an implant.
A dental bridge is another alternative for a knocked-out tooth that can’t be saved.
It is a metal post made of titanium that is intended to insert into the jawbone—it can last several years, and it can restore the person’s smile and the function of the mouth.
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Frequently Asked Questions
About Knocked Out Tooth
Immediate dental treatment is crucial. If you can see a dentist within 30 minutes of knocking out your tooth, there is a much higher chance that your tooth can be saved. Otherwise, there are serious consequences that can affect your oral health. A knocked-out tooth can cause damage to the surrounding teeth, gums, and jawbone.
It’s crucial to act immediately when a tooth has been knocked out. In most cases, it can be saved within half an hour when you bring it with you to the dentist. The nerves and blood vessels are irreversible and may not be able to save. But, the tissues and bones that cover the tooth can be put back in the socket.
Time is critical when it comes to preserving a knocked-out tooth. With prompt treatment, your dentist may be able to successfully reattach the tooth and restore it to its normal function.
You can do the following at home while waiting or going to your dentist appointment:
- Locate your tooth right away if possible. To improve the chances of success, it’s important to avoid touching the roots of the pointy part to avoid damage.
- Use water. If it gets dirty, rinse it with water only and never scrub or use any products.
- Care for the tooth. If you can, gently put the tooth back in the socket. Push it with your clean fingers. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a cup of milk or saline solution.
- Keep it moist all the time. You can do it using fresh water or milk in a clean container. Alternatively, put it inside your mouth next to the cheeks.
- See the dentist. Go to the nearest available dentist for emergency dental care.
One way to avoid tooth avulsion is to wear a custom mouthguard when participating in strenuous activities where your teeth could potentially get damaged. A dentist can fit you for a mouthguard to give your teeth the protection they need.
Additionally, always take extra care whenever possible to avoid the possibility of a knocked-out tooth.