Q: Is it true that if one of my teeth gets knocked out it can be put back in?
In certain situations – yes, if you and your tooth get to one of our offices as soon as possible, it can be saved. The odds of being able to save a tooth are highest in children – which is good to hear if you’re a parent of a child who plays contact sports.
An avulsed tooth (one that has been completely displaced from its socket) will unfortunately require a root canal, as the nerves and tissues and blood vessels surrounding the tooth will also be damaged. Fortunately, the bone can be reattached to the root of the tooth, which keeps it in place and prevents further damage.
If your tooth is knocked out, please take the following steps to improve the chances of saving your tooth:
- Call or visit our St. Vital or Garden City dental clinics as soon as possible. Every minute counts!
- Try not to touch the root of the tooth, as it can be damaged easily.
- Keep the tooth moist. Drop it into a glass of milk, or keep it between your cheek and gum. If you don’t think you or your child can do this safely (without swallowing it) spit into a cup and keep the tooth in your saliva.
- Try putting it gently back into the socket. But do not force it in.
Give us a call if you have any questions and schedule a dentist appointment with us at our St. Vital or Garden City dental clinics for you and your child today.