While dental injuries can be scary, especially if you don’t know what to do, advanced techniques and dental technology enables your smile to be restored by a variety of treatments customized to your needs. Dr. Samuel Yee DDS and our team can even offer specific instructions to help you deal with a tooth injury until you can receive professional care. If you ever experience a knocked-out tooth, we encourage you to take the proper steps to protect the tooth and your smile.
First, recover the tooth quickly without handling it by its root, as this can create irreversible damage. Instead, hold the tooth by the crown, which is the area of the tooth visible above the gums when it’s in your smile. If there is debris on the tooth, you can rinse it with tap water, but don’t risk any damage by attempting to scrub it.
Second, rinse out your mouth with warm water to clean your oral cavity. If the site where the tooth was lost is bleeding, you can stem the flow by covering it with a gauze pad or damp tea bag.
Keep the tooth safe by storing it in saliva, milk or a kit designed for tooth saving, as these substances are ideal for preserving the life of the tooth until professional dental treatment is available. If the tissues of the tooth are still alive, there is a good chance that the tooth can be placed back in your jaw.
To learn more about how to treat a knocked-out tooth in Aliso Viejo, California, and to schedule a visit with our dentist, please contact Samuel Yee DDS INC at 949-831-3111 today.