Knocked Out Teeth: Next Steps for the Most Common Dental Emergency

Contrary to what the movies might tell you, there are other ways to knock out a tooth than getting into a fistfight. As one of the most common dental emergencies knocked out or avulsed teeth can occur due to simple falls, face injuries, contact sports, and more. While this ailment is common, only about 9 percent of adults in the U.S. know what to do if it happens.

If you find yourself with an avulsed tooth, not all hope is lost but you must act fast. Ideally, you should see your dentist within 30 minutes after losing the tooth or teeth, however, reimplantation has occurred after over an hour. With these steps, you can be prepared and have greater chances of salvaging your lost tooth!

Locate and pick up the tooth by the crown.

Under NO circumstances should you pick the tooth up by the roots. Hold the tooth at the crown (chewing surface). Be very gentle when handling the tooth and do your best not to damage the roots for greater chances of reimplantation. 

If the tooth is dirty, rinse gently with water.

Rinse the tooth very briefly, no more than 10 seconds, only using lukewarm water. Do not use chemicals or soaps. Even too much tap water can kill the root cells that are needed for successful reimplantation. Do not dry the tooth, wipe it off, or place it in a paper towel.

Attempt to place the tooth back in the socket.

Placing the tooth back in the socket is the most important next step until you can get to your dentist. If the lost tooth is wholly intact from root to crown, attempt to place the tooth back in the socket right away. Holding it by the crown, push the tooth into the socket gently. Hold the tooth in place with your fingers or very gently bite down.

Keep the tooth moist at all times.

It is imperative that you do not let the tooth dry out, keeping it moist at all times. If the tooth will not go back into the socket, you have a couple of options. According to the Mayo Clinic, placing the tooth in your cheek is the best and most natural alternative to placing it back in the socket. You can also place the tooth in milk or an over-the-counter emergency tooth preservation kit if you have quick access to it. 

See your dentist within 30 minutes of the injury.

After your tooth has been knocked completely out of the socket, the nerve is severed and the blood supply is lost. Call Johansen Dental immediately to inquire about our emergency services. Though it’s unlikely, if the dentist cannot see you in time, go to the emergency room.

Depending on the damage, it can take a tooth anywhere from 1-8 weeks to successfully reattach into the socket. After the tooth has healed, there should be no need for further services besides your regular check-ups. If the tooth is unable to be reimplanted, your dentist will most likely discuss tooth replacement options, such as a dental bridge or dental implant, with you after the socket has healed. 

To prevent having to actually do any of this in the future, make sure you’re always taking precautions to protect your mouth. If you play a contact sport, be sure you are wearing a mouthguard not only in games but in practice as well. When life happens, however, you can now be prepared and potentially save yourself from a much more invasive and costly procedure. At Johansen Dental, we want you fully equipped with the knowledge you need to take care of your oral health. 

Introduction to Different Types of Dentures

Dentures: Your Gateway to a Beautiful, Confident Smile

Unveiling the Secrets of Smiles: A Journey Through the World of Dentures

For millennia, dentures have served as faithful companions, restoring smiles and confidence across the globe. From Etruscan carvings in 700 BC to Roman emperors, this dental marvel has weathered history’s grandest chapters. So, whether you’re considering dentures or simply curious, you’re in good company!

A Spectrum of Solutions: Exploring Different Types of Dentures

Gone are the days of one-size-fits-all dentures. Today, a diverse range caters to your unique needs, ensuring both aesthetic and functional satisfaction. Let’s delve into the fascinating world of denture options:

Full Dentures: Reclaiming a Complete Smile

The classic image of dentures is the full sets that restore smiles for those missing most or all their teeth. Custom-molded to fit your gums, they may require extraction of remaining teeth for optimal fit. Adhered throughout the day and removed for nightly cleaning, they offer a complete smile transformation.

Partial Dentures: Filling the Gaps for a Natural Look

Missing just a few teeth? Partial dentures are your allies. Not only do they fill in the gaps, but they also prevent remaining teeth from shifting, maintaining a natural alignment. Crafted with a gum-colored base, false teeth, and sometimes clips or wires, they blend seamlessly with your existing smile.

Implant-Supported Dentures: The Pinnacle of Stability and Comfort

Craving a secure, natural-looking smile? Implant-supported dentures are your answer. Titanium posts fused to your jawbone provide a solid foundation for snapping in and out dentures for effortless cleaning. No messy adhesives, just a confident, worry-free smile.

Our Mission: Crafting Your Dream Smile Together

At Johansen Dental, we’re passionate about empowering you with the perfect denture solution. We take the time to walk you through the different types of dentures offered and how they may benefit your specific circumstances. Modern advancements have revolutionized dentures, making them more comfortable, convenient, and lifelike than ever before.

Ready to Rediscover Your Smile? Take the First Step!

If you’re intrigued by the possibilities of dentures, don’t hesitate! Call us at 480-345-0530. We’ll gladly discuss your options, answer any questions you may have, and guide you on your journey towards a dazzling, confident smile.

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