Can Knocked Out Teeth be Saved

cartoon man points to a frowning knocked out tooth

Accidents happen, and a knocked-out tooth can be a distressing experience. Luckily, prompt action and proper care can make all the difference in saving a dislodged tooth. At Jones Creek Family Dentistry, we always want our patients to be able to save their knocked-out teeth whenever possible, and we’re happy to provide guidance on what to do in such a situation.

The Golden Hour

Time is of the essence when it comes to saving a knocked-out tooth. The first hour, often referred to as the “golden hour,” is crucial. The quicker you seek professional help, the higher the chances of successful re-implantation.

Steps to Take:

Handle the Tooth Carefully

Pick up the tooth by the crown (the visible part) and avoid touching the root. Handling it delicately will help preserve the tooth’s delicate cells that are needed for reattachment.

Clean Gently

If the tooth is dirty, rinse it briefly with milk or a saline solution. Avoid any cleaning agents like soap, as they can damage the root.

Reposition the Tooth

If possible, try to reposition the tooth back into its socket gently. Hold it in place by gently biting down on a clean cloth.

Transport in Milk

If reinserting the tooth is not possible, store it in a container of milk or saliva. This will help keep the tooth alive while you make your way to our office.

Seek Immediate Dental Care

Contact our office immediately. Explain the situation and make it clear that it’s an emergency. The sooner you reach our practice, the higher the chances of successful reattachment.

Factors Affecting Success

Success in saving a knocked-out tooth depends on several factors:

  • Time: Quick action significantly increases the chances of successful reattachment.
  • Age of the Patient: Younger patients have a higher likelihood of successful reattachment due to their more robust periodontal ligaments.
  • Condition of the Tooth: If the tooth is fractured or contaminated, the chances of successful reattachment may decrease.
  • Professional Treatment: Immediate care from an experienced dentist is crucial for proper evaluation and re-implantation.

Visit Jones Creek Family Dentistry for Dental Emergencies

While the immediate aftermath of a knocked-out tooth can be frightening, it’s essential to remember that with swift action and professional care, there’s a chance to save the tooth. At Jones Creek Family Dentistry, we’re dedicated to providing the prompt and expert care needed in such emergencies. Remember, acting quickly can be the difference between saving and losing a precious tooth.

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