Dental trauma- a basic guide when a tooth gets knocked out.
With dental trauma the key point is time. When a permanent tooth gets knocked out, the most important thing is to get to the dental office as soon as possible. This is crucial because there is a certain window of time in which a tooth can still be returned to the mouth. The other important factor in dental trauma is in what liquid to preserve the tooth until you reach the dental office.
Following an accident if you see a tooth missing first take a moment and try to locate it in the area of the accident. If you don’t find the tooth, go to your dentist anyway because there is a possibility that the tooth was pushed in deeper to the gums and that’s why you don’t see it.
After locating the tooth, rinse it in running tap water and try to return it to its place. If this is not possible (either because you are afraid of suffocation or your child is not willing) put the tooth in a little jar with liquid. Then run with tooth and child to your dentist.
Types of liquids to use in case of dental trauma:
When a tooth is knocked out it is always better to preserve it in liquid. The type of liquid needed in dental trauma is one that will help preserve the cells that remained on the tooth when it was knocked out. Liquids that do this are as follows-from best to less good:
- Hank’s balanced salt solution
- Tap water
Liquids not to be used:
- Pool water that has chlorine in it
- Acidic liquids such as orange juice
If you follow these steps the chance of saving the tooth and returning it to the mouth will increase greatly.