Is my knocked-out tooth a dental emergency?: Yes, a knocked out tooth should always be considered an emergency. Teeth can be lost as a result of trauma, such as getting hit in the face while playing football, falling down and hitting your chin, or even biting down on some ice too hard. It’s possible to save the tooth, but if you don’t act quickly, the cells on the roots will die, and at that point reimplantation will become impossible. Thus, you need to get in touch with our office right away and make an appointment within one or two hours of the initial accident.
How you should handle a knocked-out tooth: Pick it up by the chewing end and run it under some warm water to rinse it off; do not touch or scrub the root. Try to put the tooth back in its socket, or place it between your cheek and gums; you can also store it in milk or a tooth preservation product in order to keep it moist.
How we treat knocked-out teeth: We will make the attempt to re-implant the tooth so that it can reattach to the gums and jawbone. Some teeth cannot be saved and thus need to be replaced instead. Dental bridges and dentures are the most traditional options, but dental implants will replace the entire tooth structure from the roots up.