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Help! I Knocked Out a Tooth! What Should I Do Next?

February 19, 2020
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Posted By: Gentry Dental

If you get a tooth knocked out during a soccer game or a friendly basketball game, you need to seek immediate treatment. A knocked-out permanent tooth is a critical dental emergency in Lexington, KY, and the first step is to call us and let us know what happened.

If we replace a knocked-out tooth within 30 minutes, there’s an excellent chance that it will survive. Beyond 60 minutes, the odds of successful re-implantation of the tooth start to drop dramatically.

Call us immediately at (704) 554-1017 to let us know what happened. If your injury also involves your face or jaw or you lose consciousness, have someone call 911.

What to Do if You Knock Out a Tooth

Take the following steps to protect the tooth:

  • Do not touch the root or disturb any attached fibers as these are vital for the successful healing of the tooth.
  • The first step is to try to see if you can gently reinsert the tooth back in its socket yourself, but don’t force it.
  • Do not let the root dry out! Keep it moist by holding it in the pocket between your cheek and gums. Otherwise, place it in a container of milk or saliva until you get to our office.
  • If there is dirt or debris on the tooth, don’t scrub it. Instead, hold it by the crown only and gently rinse it clean.

Dr. Gentry will re-implant the tooth, splint it to adjacent teeth, and let it heal for two to eight weeks. During this period, our Lexington, KY emergency dentist will also need to perform a root canal to ensure the long-term survival of the tooth.

Protect Teeth from Sports-Related Injuries

Knocked-out teeth are often the result of sports activities, and wearing a custom sports mouthguard can help prevent this traumatic injury from occurring. Please call Gentry Dental to schedule an appointment so we can take impressions of your teeth and customize a mouthguard to protect your teeth from irreversible injury.

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