You are playing a competitive basketball with your friend. As you and your friend fight for the ball in the air, your friend elbows you on the face. You feel a numbing pain on your face. You notice some bleeding coming from your mouth. You feel something rolling inside your mouth and slowly spit it out from your mouth. You are shocked to see a tooth come out of your mouth. You are upset that this happened and clueless what to do now.
Rest assured. Accidents do happen. Our emergency dentists in Hartford often treat this kind of emergencies often. When you call our office, we will do everything we can to accommodate you on the same day to clean the tooth and place the tooth back into the socket.
Here are the following 4 steps you should take when you lose a permanent tooth.
1. Don't panic. Breathe. It is going to be ok.
2. Look for the tooth so you can reposition the tooth back into the socket. If you don't know where it flew off, lie down on your knees and hands. Find that rascal.
3. Now that you have found it. Make sure you grab the tooth by the crown, not by the roots. Visually inspect for debris on the tooth. If you see any debris, wash the root under water. Don't scrub. Otherwise, you will damage the live cells on the root that is crucial for the survival of the tooth.
4. Grab the tooth by the crown and push the tooth as far as you can into the socket. If you don't think you can do it, that is ok. Contact a dental clinic and see them as soon as possible. This is why we are here for you. It is crucial that you keep the tooth hydrated before you get to your dentist. You need to keep in some sort of liquid that will keep the cells on the root alive. The best solution is Hank's Balance Salt Solution. I personally never seen this solution in the first aid kit or medical facilities. So, the next best option would be cold milk. Again, at the time of accident or location of the accident, milk isn't usually around either. Therefore, the most accessible and compatible solution would be saliva. If you got your tooth and you already cleaned off the debris, you are going to place it into the pocket in your cheek. You can keep the tooth hydrated so you can increase the chances of success of keeping the tooth. Then, when you finally find an opportunity to do so, you can transfer the tooth to cold milk as you make your way to the dentist.
There you have it. Hopefully, this never happens to you. If you have friend that encounter this situation, you can definitely help him or her.