It’s all fun & games until a tooth gets knocked out.

It’s all fun & games until a tooth gets knocked out.

Knocking a tooth out is not something you want to mess around with. Incurring this sort of damage to your mouth can affect not only the tooth that’s lost, but surrounding teeth as well. So what happens if you’re not so careful and knock a tooth out? Never fear–if you take the right steps as soon as the injury occurs, you have a fighting chance of saving your tooth.

The most important goal in preserving your tooth before you get to the dentist is ensuring you do NOT touch the root. This is the part of your tooth that reattaches it to your jaw, so if the root is severely damaged or even missing, it’s not looking good. This means you should be minimally handling your tooth, and if you must, only touch it on its crown (the chewing surface). Gently rinse the tooth if necessary, otherwise you can do one of two things for transport to the dentist’s office: either place it in your mouth between your cheek and other teeth or into a cup of milk. The last step is to get to the dentist as quickly as possible–within the next half an hour, if possible.

In a dental emergency, Dr. Carter is able to provide the best care possible for your injury with the goal of preserving your smile. She is available 24 hours a day to see you in her office or refer you to someone who can give you a consultation in her absence.

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