How To Handle A Knocked-Out Tooth

  • April 19, 2016

Imagine the following situation. You child is riding his bicycle on the street outside your home.

You know the neighborhood is safe, and he knows to stay within view of the house. Then you hear a sound like a bike hitting the ground.

You rush to the scene to find your son holding his mouth and bleeding. As you get closer, you realize one of his teeth is on the ground beside him.

Would you know what to do in this situation?

You need to call a dentist who will make every effort to see you as soon as possible. If you live in or near Sterling Heights, MI, that dentist should be our own Dr. Michael Young of Forever Young Dentistry.

You should call our office at 586-698-7135 if you need emergency dental care. If you are calling outside of our regular office hours, listen for Dr. Young’s personal cell number on our message. This way you can get in touch with him sooner.

Now About That Tooth

Knocked-out teeth are a relatively common dental emergency, and there are a few things you should do in this situation.

First, try to find the missing tooth. Pick it up by the crown — avoid touching the root if you can. You will need to rinse any blood or dirt from the tooth.

Second, rinse the mouth of the person who lost the tooth. You want to remove any blood.

If the person’s mouth continues to bleed, use gauze to absorb the blood.

If possible, try to place the tooth back into its socket. If it will stay in place, leave it there until you can see a dentist.

If the tooth will not stay in its socket, then you need to keep the tooth moist. You can do this by keeping it in a container of milk.

If you are able to see the dentist quickly, it’s possible to place the tooth back in its original position. We may use a stabilizing split to anchor the tooth to the teeth around it and hold it in its original position until the bone reforms around the tooth to hold it on its own.

We will provide you with instructions on how to care for the tooth after the procedure is complete.

Be Prepared For A Dental Emergency

No one knows when a dental emergency might happen, but you can take steps to be prepared if one does occur.

You probably have first aid supplies in your home already, and some of them will come in handy during a dental emergency as well.

If you would like to put together a dental emergency care kit, here are some things you may want to include:

  • Over-the-counter pain reliever — Dental emergencies can cause pain. Having non-prescription pain relievers available can help the person experiencing the emergency.
  • Gauze — These can be used to clean the injured area. Gauze also can be used to cover a tooth that is chipped or broken. If this happens, the person with the chipped tooth may have a sharp edge or point. The gauze can protect soft tissues from accidental cuts.
  • Denture adhesive — If you have a dental crown or bridge that comes loose, denture adhesive can serve as a temporary fix to keep your tooth restoration in place. This should not be seen as a permanent solution.
  • Dental wax — Like gauze, dental wax can be used to cover a chipped or broken tooth. Wax also helps with braces that have broken wires. You can place wax on the ends to reduce the risk of cuts or scratches. If this happens, you can use the eraser end of a pencil to push the broken wire flat against a tooth.
  • Latex or vinyl gloves — Dealing with a dental emergency may expose you to another person’s blood or saliva. You should be wearing gloves as a precaution.
  • Dental floss — Some pains may be the result of a piece of food stuck between someone’s teeth or teeth and gums. Dental floss can be used to remove the offending food particle.
  • Small flashlight — Mouths can be dark, and having a small flashlight will help you identify the source of a dental emergency.

Remember To Call Us

When a dental emergency occurs, it can be a scary situation for everyone involved. Do your best to stay calm, and call Forever Young Dentistry as soon as you can.

We will do everything in our power to treat you or your loved one at our dentist office in Sterling Heights, MI, as soon as possible. Remember to call our office at 586-698-7135 or call the number on our answering message if you are trying to reach us outside of our regular hours.