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How Do You Care for a Tooth That Has Been Knocked Out?


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A knocked-out tooth should be treated as a medical emergency and cared for quickly. While you may have a moment of shock following the initial moment where your tooth is knocked out, the moments that follow this incident are highly important to hopefully allow you to preserve the tooth and the health of your smile.

At Parsons Smile Center, our experienced and caring dental team understands that having a tooth knocked out can be upsetting. That is why we are proud to provide our patients with a fast-acting, individualized approach to how we can restore your smile. With more than 30 years of helping patients with various restorative dentistry needs, Dr. Fady Salha can help you get your confidence and comfort back after suffering from a knocked-out tooth.

What Should You Do After Your Tooth Is Knocked Out?

For a knocked-out tooth, there is different protocol to follow depending on whether it is an adult or baby tooth:

  • An Adult Tooth is Knocked Out: If an adult tooth is knocked out, you should find the tooth and hold it by the crown. You should then try putting the tooth back in place in your mouth, bite on a handkerchief to hold the tooth in place, and go to a dentist immediately. If you are unable to reinsert the adult tooth back into position, the tooth should be placed in milk.
  • A Baby Tooth is Knocked Out: You should not try to reinsert a baby tooth. Instead, you should take your child to a dentist immediately if possible. This is because you may damage the adult tooth growing underneath.

In either situation, you may be able to see your dentist immediately. However, if your dentist is unavailable or if you do not have a dentist you see regularly, you may be directed to an urgent care dental service.

How Will Your Dentist Help After a Tooth is Knocked Out?

If you were able to reinsert your tooth yourself after it was knocked out, your dentist will check that the tooth is in the correct position by taking scans. Your dentist will also splint the knocked-out tooth to the teeth either side of it to hold it in position for two weeks.

If you were unable to reinsert the tooth and put it in milk to preserve it while you waited to go to the dentist, they will numb the affected area and reposition the tooth for you. Your dentist will check that it is in the right position by taking more scans before splinting it. For more questions about how to care for a tooth that has been knocked out or to learn about how a dentist will fix your tooth, contact your New York dentist today.

Fix Your Knocked Out Tooth Today With Parsons Smile Center

At Parsons Smile Center, we provide restorative dentistry services to help our patients after they have had a tooth knocked out. Our New York dental team will work efficiently to help you understand what restorative dentistry path may be the best option for your situation.

With years of experience and individualized care, you can rest assured that you are in the right hands. Do not put off your appointment to fix your knocked-out tooth. Call Parsons Smile Center at (212) 223-5100 today, or fill out our contact form to speak with one of our experienced dentists.

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