What To Do If You Knock Out A Tooth

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You know that you should take good care of your teeth to avoid losing them, but sometimes accidents can happen no matter how careful you are. If you ever knock out a tooth or have some other form of dental emergency, call Tocci Dental Associates at 781-304-8172 immediately.

If you are in dental pain, we will do everything we can to get you a same-day appointment at our Wellesley, MA dentist office. We want to get you out of pain and repair your smile as soon as possible so you can get back to:

  • Smiling with confidence
  • Eating your favorite crunchy or chewy foods in comfort
  • Living your life without having to think about oral health problems

Like all accidents, dental emergencies don’t stick to a nine-to-five schedule, so we don’t either. Our office closes a little early on Fridays, but other than that we maintain the standard weekday hours you’d expected and we also:

  • Stay late until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
  • Open early at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

When you arrive at Tocci Dental Associates in need of emergency dentistry, we will do our very best to alleviate your discomfort and fix your problem. But there’s also a lot that you should do when you first knock out a tooth. Try to act fast – you should try to be at the dentist within thirty minutes, if possible. Read on below to be prepared for the unexpected.

Learn The Best Practices For Dealing With A Knocked Out Tooth

A tooth can get knocked out in many different ways. Of course, there are the more obvious situations where this situation is definitely a risk, like playing contact sports. But a tooth can also get knocked out during a freak accident. For example, you could be walking down a dim hallway to the bathroom at night and trip over a toy that got left out.

The first thing you need to do when you knock out a tooth is avoid panicking. That can be easier said than done, but keeping a cool head will allow you to address the situation and increase your chances of saving your tooth.

Use a piece of gauze to apply gentle pressure to the area to stop any bleeding. If you’re unable to stop the bleeding, visit your local emergency room as soon as possible and then follow up with us for restorative dentistry options.

If you knock out a tooth, you should thoroughly wash your hands, then pick the tooth up by the crown (the part of a tooth that is normally visible above the gumline). Do NOT handle the tooth by the roots. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it carefully but thoroughly with water.

Put the tooth back in place, if that is possible. If not, place the tooth in a small container filled with saliva or milk. This will keep the tooth moist and improve the chances that it can be replaced. Bring the tooth and container with you when you go to the dentist.

To relieve some of the pain you are likely feeling, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever and apply some benzocaine to the afflicted area of your mouth to numb it.

And finally, get to Tocci Dental Associates or the nearest dentist as soon as possible when you knock out a tooth. If you arrive within thirty minutes, there is a good chance we will be able to re-insert your tooth. You can also call us at 781-304-8172 while you are on your way so we can be prepared for your arrival.

When you get to our office, we will act quickly to assess your situation and come up with a treatment that will suit your particular case. We will do everything we can to help you save your tooth.

We also offer a few amenities at our office to make your visit with us as comfortable and pleasant as possible. In every care room, we have:

  • Massage chairs
  • Aromatherapy options
  • iPods to play calming music to distract you

For patients that need a little extra help relaxing, we also have dental sedation to help relieve dental anxiety. More commonly known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide takes effect in moments.

Don’t hesitate when you have knocked out a tooth. For professional help in dental emergencies, call Tocci Dental Associates at 781-304-8172. You can also use our handy online form to book or ask us questions in non-emergencies.