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Knocked-Out Tooth

Same-Day Dental Emergency Appointment Available in Canley Heights

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Knocked-Out Tooth Canley Heights

A knocked-out tooth is a medical emergency; teeth are commonly lost in accidents, fights, sports injuries, or extreme play.

More than five million teeth are knocked out annually, and it happens to people of all ages, typically due to accidents.

Prompt emergency action can save the tooth so that it can be replanted successfully and last for many years to come.

Causes of a Knocked-Out Tooth

Knocked-out teeth are commonly caused by:

  • Accidental fall
  • Fighting
  • Car accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Sports trauma
  • Biting on hard foods or objects

First Aid Measures for a Knocked-Out Tooth

Here are some tips for saving your tooth, from the time it comes out until you reach a dentist’s attention:

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  • Hold the tooth by the crown, NOT the root – Secure the tooth immediately. Pick up the tooth carefully and DO NOT touch the root, only the crown.
  • Wash the tooth with clean, lukewarm water – Use lukewarm water to rinse off the dirt. Do not use any chemicals or soap, don’t scrub or let the tooth dry up, and do not wrap the tooth with a tissue or cloth.
  • Replant the tooth in the socket if possible – If a permanent tooth is avulsed, quickly reimplant the tooth. Gently push it with your fingers or place it above its socket and close your mouth slowly. Keep the tooth in place with your fingers or by biting down on it.
  • Always keep the tooth wet – the tooth must always be wet, either in your mouth or in a container. If it can’t be placed back in the socket, put in milk or tuck it in your mouth next to your cheek.

Knocked-Out Tooth Prevention

Follow these tips to prevent a broken or knocked-out tooth:

  • Wear a mouthguard when playing sports.
  • Avoid fights that may cause blows to the face.
  • Avoid biting hard on foods, such as bones, popcorn kernels, and do not bite your nails.
  • Always wear a seatbelt when driving.
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Knocked-Out Tooth in Canley Heights

If you have a knocked-out tooth, whether permanent or temporary, contact your Canley Heights dentist immediately so we can treat the problem right away and prevent damage or infection.

Visit your Canley Heights dentist today!

Same-Day Dental Emergency Appointment Available in Canley Heights

To book your dental emergency appointment in Canley Heights, please call us on (02) 9199 9678 or book your appointment online.

We are located at 1/229 Canley Vale Road in Canley Heights.

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I knock out a tooth?
For a knocked-out permanent or adult tooth, keep it moist at all times. If possible, try placing the tooth back in its socket without touching the root.

If not possible, place it in between your cheek and gums to be soaked in saliva or put it in a clean container and soak it in milk. Get to your dentist’s office right away.

Can you reimplant a knocked-out tooth?
It is possible to save a knocked-out tooth only if it is a permanent tooth. A knocked-out permanent tooth is something to take seriously.

If you do not apply the proper ways to preserve this tooth, your Canley Heights dentist will find it is difficult or even impossible to place it back in your mouth.

How soon should I see a dentist after I lose a tooth?
As soon as the accident happens. Getting to your dentist within 30 minutes can make the difference between saving or losing a tooth.
Why do I need to put the tooth in the milk?
Milk is suitable for storing knocked-out teeth since the cells from the root surface don’t swell up and burst as they do when submerged in water.
Will the tooth need any special care or additional treatment?
The type of injury, how quickly it got treated, what treatment was performed, and how your body responded to treatment are the factors in the tooth’s long-term health. It is really important to be seen immediately when you knock out a tooth.

However, resorption occurs. As your body tries to heal, it may reject even your own tooth, so it is important to follow-up with your Canley Heights dentist regularly after the injury to keep track of your healing.

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