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A knocked-out tooth, medically known as an avulsed tooth, can be a traumatic and distressing experience. However, with prompt and proper action, it is often possible to save and reattach the tooth. At Peninsula Dentistry in Charleston, we specialize in emergency dentistry and are here to guide you through the crucial steps to take if you or a loved one faces this dental emergency.

Immediate Steps to Save a Knocked-Out Tooth

  1. Act Quickly: Time is of the essence when dealing with a knocked-out tooth. Ideally, the tooth should be reinserted within an hour of the accident for the best chance of survival.
  2. Handle with Care: Pick up the tooth by the crown (the part that is visible in the mouth) and avoid touching the root. If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse it with milk or saline solution. Do not use tap water, and do not scrub or remove any attached tissue fragments.
  3. Try Reinserting the Tooth: If possible, gently insert the tooth back into its socket. Bite down on a clean piece of gauze or a tea bag to hold it in place. If reinsertion is not possible, it’s crucial to keep the tooth moist. Place it in a container of milk, saline solution, or a special cell growth medium like Save-a-Tooth. If none of these are available, placing the tooth in the mouth next to the cheek can also help. Avoid storing the tooth in water.
  4. Seek Immediate Dental Care: Contact Peninsula Dentistry or your nearest emergency dental service immediately. Inform them that you have a knocked-out tooth, and they will prioritize your visit.

How Peninsula Dentistry Can Help

Upon arrival at our Charleston office, our emergency dentistry team will assess the condition of both the knocked-out tooth and the patient. The tooth will be carefully cleaned and prepared for reinsertion. Our dental professionals will then attempt to place the tooth back into its original socket and secure it with a splint that attaches to the adjacent teeth. This splint will typically need to remain in place for a few weeks while the tooth reattaches to the surrounding tissue.

Post-Emergency Care and Considerations

Following the reattachment of a knocked-out tooth, regular follow-up visits are crucial to monitor the healing process and ensure the tooth is re-integrating correctly. It’s important to maintain excellent oral hygiene during this time to prevent infection. However, be gentle around the reimplanted tooth, and follow specific cleaning instructions provided by your dentist.

Even with the best immediate care, some knocked-out teeth cannot be saved. In these cases, Peninsula Dentistry offers a range of restorative options, such as dental implants, bridges, or partial dentures, to restore function and aesthetics to your smile.

Preventing Dental Emergencies

While accidents can happen, you can take steps to reduce the risk of dental injuries:

  • Wear a mouthguard during sports or recreational activities.
  • Avoid using your teeth to cut, tear, or open non-food items.
  • Maintain regular dental check-ups to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy and strong.

Let Us Handle Your Dental Emergency in Charleston

A knocked-out tooth is a dental emergency that requires quick and appropriate action. By following the right steps and seeking immediate professional care, there is a good chance that the tooth can be saved and reattached. Remember, the team at Peninsula Dentistry in Charleston is here to provide prompt, compassionate emergency dental care when you need it most. If you ever find yourself facing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for the care and support you need.

Posted on behalf of Peninsula Cosmetic & Family Dentistry

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Charleston, SC 29407

Phone: (843) 507-5481
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Dr. James B. Wisner was raised in Charleston and attended Porter-Gaud High School. He graduated from The Honors College at The University of South Carolina in 1996 and received his D.M.D. degree in 2002 from the Medical University of South Carolina’s College of Dental Medicine. Dr. Wisner served in Las Vegas, Nevada and Spangdahlem, Germany…

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