It can be terrifying to have your tooth knocked out but remember that you can save your tooth if you act quickly and rush to your dentist. Dentists often treat this type of dental emergency, so stay calm and act smartly. If you reach the dental clinic within 60 mins, there is a greater chance of your tooth reattaching itself to the socket. The longer you wait, the lower is your chance of being able to save the tooth.
First things first, pick up the tooth with its crown portion and rinse it with some clean, lukewarm water to clean any dirt on it. Do not touch the root part of the tooth at any cost, as this will damage the root fibers needed for re-attachment. Do not blow on the tooth or dry it with paper towels, tissues, etc. Gently push the tooth back into the socket and bite down slowly to keep it in place till you reach the dental clinic for emergency care. If you cannot put the tooth back into the socket, store it in a cup or glass filled with milk, saltwater, or a save-a-tooth solution available at your local pharmacy. You can even use your saliva to carry the tooth in or place the tooth in your cheek area till you reach the dentist. But do not try this method on children as they may accidentally swallow the tooth if kept in the mouth.
Once you reach the clinic, our dentist will rinse your tooth socket thoroughly and insert the tooth back in it. They will attach supporting wires or a splint to keep the tooth in place as it heals. Over the next couple of weeks, the body will heal itself, and your tooth will be back to being healthy and strong.
Children and adults alike can chip their teeth while engaging in sports and other physical activities. You must visit your dentist as soon as possible after chipping your teeth. If possible, try to find the chipped part and save it. You can rinse it lightly with warm water if there is dirt or grime on it. Place it carefully in a cup or ziplock bag filled with milk or saline water, and take it to the dentist with you.
Do not eat anything too hot or cold as you may experience severe temperature sensitivity. If required, take some over-the-counter painkillers, like paracetamol or ibuprofen, to relieve pain. You can also bite down on a gauze or cotton piece to control the bleeding until you reach the dental clinic. Our dentist may be able to reattach the tooth piece if conditions are favourable, so fear not.
Sometimes, teeth can crack after a fall or biting on something very hard. You might feel pain because of this.