What should you do if you lose your tooth in an accident?

Accidents happen. We’re all familiar with this cliché, and some of us have personally experienced it more than others. But what happens when you lose a tooth in an accident? This can occur after serious falls, fights, car accidents, sports-related trauma, or even because of something more mundane like biting on hard food or candy. If you happen to accidently lose a tooth, here are five tips to remember:

5 Tips to Remember

  1. First of all, it’s helpful to know that there’s a medical term for a knocked-out tooth. It’s called an “avulsed” tooth. This is different to a broken or chipped tooth.
  2. Keep in mind that if you lose a tooth that’s a permanent one, there’s good news: Sometimes it can be put back in place, or replanted. Baby teeth on the other hand are usually not replanted as replanting them can actually cause damage to the awaiting permanent tooth.
  3. Save the tooth that’s been knocked out and bring it to your dentist immediately. What ever time of the day. The longer you wait, the less likely your dentist will be able successfully replant the tooth.
  4. If possible, try putting the avulsed tooth back in your mouth in the hole it came from. Bite down on a piece of gauze. This may help keep it the tooth in place and control any bleeding. Another option is to put the tooth in a container with a little saliva or milk. It is really important not to wash your tooth in water!! This could ruin your chances your tooth surviving.
  5. If you’re in pain, hold a cold compress to the outside of your mouth and gums.
    Let Your Dentist Decide

Accidents can be traumatic, even more so if you lose a tooth. Follow the tips above, and let your dentist decide what the best course of action should be. Not all trauma to the teeth needs emergency dental care. However do yourself a favor and when in doubt seek professional dental care.