Accidental loss of teeth
If you have sustained any significant blow to the teeth or jaws, it is advisable to see a dentist as soon as possible. If a tooth has been knocked out, it is possible to save it, if you act swiftly.
- Pick the
tooth up by the crown (the rounded end). Do not touch the root.
the person to whom the tooth belongs to suck it clean.
gently and carefully, reposition the tooth into the socket (the hole
from where the tooth came). If this is not possible, store
in a cup of milk, or under the patient's tongue.
- Hold in
place by gently biting on a clean cloth (handkerchief or soft cotton),
or hold in place with finger pressure.
- Get to
a dentist straightaway.
DO NOT Store the tooth in a rough or dry place.
DO NOT Use antiseptic or disinfectant.
This can be very successful, so give it a try if the situation arises.
This article published on
01 September 2005
Next review date 01/10/2013
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