An adult tooth can fall out for several reasons. One reason is poor oral hygiene; if you don’t clean your teeth well enough, then eventually you’ll end up losing a tooth. Another cause is injury; teeth can fall out due to a blow to the mouth, during contact sports, for example.
If a tooth has fallen out due to injury, then don’t panic. It’s possible to save the tooth if you take the right actions. In this post, we’ll tell you what to do if a tooth has fallen out.
Step 1: Pick up the tooth gently
First, very carefully pick up the tooh by the crown (the top part). Don’t touch the roots as doing this could damage them. The roots are very delicate and they must be intact for a successful re-implantation.
Step 2: Carefully clean the tooth
Gently clean the tooth by dipping it into milk or saltwater. Be very careful as you do this though as you don’t want to damage the root cells. Also, don’t rinse the tooth under running water and this could also damage it.
Step 3: Put your tooth back in its socket if possible
To give your tooth the best chance of a re-implantation, gently put it back into the socket that it fell out of. Your tooth socket is the perfect environment to keep your tooth until you can see a dentist.
If you can’t get your tooth back in its socket however, then store it in milk, saltwater or saliva instead.
Don’t store the tooth in a cloth or paper towel as this will cause the tooth to dry out. If the tooth dries out then it cannot be reimplanted.
Step 4: See an emergency dentist
To save the tooth, you will need to see a dentist right away. Don’t make any delays as time is essential. You can try calling your regular dentist to see if they can fit you in for an emergency appointment. Alternatively, if you might need to see a different dentist if your own one can’t see you.
If can’t find a dentist at all, then head to the nearest hospital instead.
At the dental clinic, the dentist will inspect the tooth to see if it can be replanted. If the tooth can be replanted, you will probably need a root canal first. Don’t be worried though as this is a painless procedure thanks to the anaesthetic.
If the tooth isn’t salvageable however, then the dentist will discuss alternative options with you instead, such as a dental implant or bridge.
An adult tooth falling out can certainly cause alarm. However, by taking the right steps, you can increase the chances that a dentist can re-implant it. Remember to handle the tooth gently, put it back into its socket and see a dentist right away.