Knocking a tooth out: what to do

Any injury to ourselves or our family is obviously upsetting. Dental injuries are very common, yet few people know what to do. Did you know that the right actions can usually save the tooth and reduce the need for dental treatment?

At Gwynne Dental we make sure we use the most up-to-date treatment to ensure the best possible outcome. We have access to resources such as https://dentaltraumaguide.org/ which continually update guidance with the latest research.

Our patients have access to Georgina’s telephone number so out of hours you can get instant advice from an experienced dentist. During office hours we would see a trauma as soon as possible; call our reception team for immediate advice.

Sportsguards

Sportsguards are essential prevent injury but must fit well in order to be effective. We gently take a quick impression of the teeth to create a comfortable custom sportsguard. You can choose from a wide variety of colours and patterns.

Do you know what to do if a tooth is knocked out?

Here’s what to do to help save your tooth

Step 1: Pick the tooth up by the crown only (do not touch the root)

Step 2: Lick the tooth clean if it is dirty, or rinse it in water. DO NOT scrub it.

Step 3: Stick the tooth back in position (adult teeth only)

*** Never try to re-insert a baby tooth ***

Step 4: Bite on a handkerchief to hold it in place

Step 5: Go straight to a dentist

If it’s not possible to put the tooth back in position, put the tooth in milk and go straight to a dentist (out of hours go to A&E).

There is a great website to check out: http://www.dentaltrauma.co.uk/

Broken or chipped a tooth?

Tooth fragments can be glued back into position:

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