Ever had a tooth knocked out? Technically called avulsion, it’s not a pleasant experience, that’s for sure. If suddenly feeling an empty space where your incisor used to be weren’t bad and strange and painful enough, the trauma that caused it is probably pretty painful itself – baseball season is in full swing, so we’re […]
As far as we know, Joey Bats didn’t need any tooth repair after Roogie got ’em last month, but if something similar happens to a set of choppers that are near and dear to you (and especially your child), the first thing you want to do is pick it up and clean it. You have to be careful, though; be sure to pick the tooth up by its crown and NOT the root, as you can injure it further. Rinse the tooth in water – don’t use anything else to clean it, and definitely do not scrub it. Don’t wrap it either. The most ideal situation is if you can reposition the tooth back in its socket. Carefully replace the tooth with your fingers, and then gently bite down to keep it in place. The sooner you can do this, the greater the likelihood of saving the tooth.
If you can’t keep the tooth in the socket, at least do your best to keep it moist. Milk, or a commercially available kit such as Save-a-tooth are best, but water will do if those are not available; just don’t store it in tap water long-term, as the root’s surface cells don’t do well in it. Ultimately, you want to get to an emergency dentist
as quickly as possible. If you can get it looked at within 30 minutes, you have a good chance at keeping your smile like it was before you stepped up to the plate.