Broken or Knocked-Out Teeth: What to do and what are the treatments for saving teeth

by Sudarsan

According to the stats, every year, more than five million Knocked-Out Teeth in children and adults due to an injury or accident. Many cases are treated as an emergency and replanted teeth successfully.

You don’t need to worry if your child loses teeth earlier than expected. But, if a permanent tooth of an adult of teen comes out, then it is a dental; emergency that should be treated properly.

Knocked-out teeth have the chance of being saved when placed again within 15 minutes.

1.      What to do if you face an injury that causes Knocked-Out Teeth

2.      pick the broken teeth very carefully.

3.  Keep the tooth and its fragments

4.      Touch only the crown.

5.      Avoid touching the root.

6.      Rince the broken tooth properly.

7.  Put the broken tooth in a bowl of lukewarm water. Make sure you rinse it for 10 seconds only.

8.      Don’t scrub or scratch your teeth

9.      Don’t use alcohol to clean your teeth.

10.  For intense pain, you can take acetaminophen (Panadol, Tylenol) or ibuprofen

11.  Rinse your mouth before reinserting the tooth in its position or sockets.

12.  Use a gauze pad to hold teeth in the socket.

13.  You can use sterile gauze or cloth to control bleeding.

14.  If you have pain and swelling, use a cool compress.

When to visit the dentist

Once you pick up the broken tooth, visit your dentist within 30 minutes or to a hospital emergency service. Take the tooth and its fragments with you. If the person gets unconscious and has a serious injury, call the doctor immediately. If there is a broken piece inside the gum, you can get the dental extraction treatment from the dental clinic.

What if your child faces injury and Knocked-Out Teeth?

If your child or baby falls and the tooth comes out, then follow the same tips mentioned tight above.

  • If your child doesn’t let you do the cold compress, then ask the child to suck on a frozen pop.
  •  If you can’t reinsert the baby teeth or tooth fragments, you should store them in whole milk
  • If there is no milk, press the tooth between your cheek and gum to prevent drying.

How to care for a broken tooth or Knocked-Out Teeth during this lockdown period

If the lockdown phase is still going on where you live due to the coronavirus outbreak, you should be very careful regarding your dental health. Because most dental clinics are closed to avoid the virus spreading.

However, if your baby or child still faces an injury or broken tooth, you should visit the nearest hospital emergency care for help.

Remember, knocking out a tooth or broken teeth or chipped teeth problem is a medical emergency.

If an adult faces the injury and the broken tooth problem during this lockdown period, he/she should follow the tips mentioned above to put back the tooth in its socket.

After that, call your dentist and follow the instructions for help.

What happens in a dental clinic to get treatment for a broken tooth or Knocked-Out Teeth?

If you’ve recovered the broken tooth and visit your dentist within 30 minutes, the tooth can be reinserted properly by the dentist. Once you visit the dentist, he will check the affected area and can do an X-ray for a closer look. The tooth will be reinserted by the splitting technique and held in position for two weeks.

What if you have lost a broken or Knocked-Out Teeth?

If you can’t find your teeth from the accident area, then also you should visit the dentist for a check-up. The dentist will see if there is any injury in the gum line. You can get the teeth back by getting the denture.

  • A denture is a removable false tooth that you can have in replace of your original tooth. This denture will help you to eat properly and maintain the gum line as it is.
  • You can consider bridge treatment as well. In this treatment, a false tooth is glued to the teeth using special cement.
  • You can also go for the implant option. In the implant technique, a titanium screw is placed in the jaw bone. After a few times, the dentist can make false teeth with the help of mold.

How to avoid a Knocked-Out Teeth or broken tooth

If you are an active sportsman, you should consider the mouthguard during the sport to avoid the knocked-out tooth.

Also, be careful while driving. If you have a child or kids who are learning to walk, then you should be very cautious.

Lastly, you should seek emergency medical care immediately for your broken tooth or knocked tooth especially, if you have trouble breathing, intense pain, severe fever, and swelling. Don’t ignore the condition as it may cause permanent tooth loss and gum dysfunction.

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