What should I do if I knock out a tooth?
While it is an uncommon situation, sometimes a fall or physical contact with another person will result in a tooth being displaced. Usually, these situations will be accompanied by cuts, swelling, bruises, and pain. Most of these situations require immediate attention from a dentist who can re-position a tooth/ the teeth if possible, like our dental team at our Burnaby clinic. An examination by a medical doctor is also appropriate to treat any facial wounds or to provide updated tetanus vaccination.
If a displaced tooth happened when you are unable to be seen by any medical personal immediately, you may attempt to rinse off any contaminants and place the tooth in milk or saliva until you can be seen. Unfortunately, the survivability of such a tooth outside the mouth decreases rapidly.
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Even if a tooth is successfully re-positioned by a dentist in a short amount of time, the likelihood of other future treatments is very high. Root canal treatment is almost always necessary. Ankylosis (a condition whereby the tooth becomes fused to the bone) is also highly probable, requiring future extraction and tooth replacement. So careful follow up at Central Park Dental Clinic beyond emergency treatment is needed.