What To Do When You or Your Child Knocks Out a Tooth

Posted on November 23rd, 2016 by Dr. Heaton

Tooth loss can be a very tragic experience any way you put it.

What To Do When You or Your Child Knocks Out a Tooth - My Family Dentist Garland At My Family Dentist Garland, I have seen many emergency patients that have had a tooth or teeth completely knocked out, partially knocked out, or moved from their normal position due to trauma from fighting or accidents (i.e motor vehicle, bicycle, slip and falls).

So what do we do when this happens? As with all emergencies, it is hard to remember exactly what steps we should take to help increase the chance of survival of the tooth. If you are panicking, the most important thing you can do is call your dentist (assuming you don’t have other injuries that need emergency attention.) I will say it again: CALL YOUR DENTIST. He or she will be able to tell you what to do.

If you can think properly in these situations, here are the normal steps to take that might help ensure Dr Bevan Heaton at My Family Dentist Garland can save your smile:

  1. Don’t touch the root of the tooth
  2. Rinse it off with milk if dirty (Hanks Balanced Salt Solution is better. You can buy it here.)
  3. Keep it moist by dropping it into a glass of milk
  4. Get to our office quickly

Time is of the essence. The longer it is out of your mouth, the poorer the outcome.

Good luck!

My Family Dentist Garland

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