Can a knocked-out tooth really be saved?


There are a number of things that can rightly be classified as a dental emergency and when you experience one of these is vital to contact your emergency dentist in Barrow-in-Furness. We urge you to talk to our team at Teckkam Dental Care when you find yourself in the following scenarios.

Lost, knocked-out or broken teeth. Never touch the root and store the tooth in milk if possible while you wait for your appointment.

Bleeding from your mouth. If this is continuous it is a sign of real injury and needs to be investigated immediately. If it happens on brushing teeth it could be a sign of gum disease, not so urgent, but urgent enough to book an appointment before it gets worse!

Loose or chipped teeth. This might not be painful but any damage to teeth can let bacteria in and once that happens it could lead to more problems. Get to your dentist as soon as possible.

More about knocked-out teeth

When a tooth is knocked out the blood vessels and tissue surrounding it suffer significant damage and the nerve endings are exposed. It is for this reason, along with the fact that nerve endings and blood vessels cannot be repaired, that a root canal may well be required. This will allow the bone to bind to the root thus saving the lost tooth.

For the purpose of this article, we will assume we are talking about an adult tooth. As mentioned already it is important to collect and clean the tooth. You should rinse it for no more than 10 seconds in warm water and store in milk or saliva to give your tooth the best chance. Keeping the tooth wet is key here. If it is possible to place the tooth back into the hole in your gum you should do this and hold it in place gently by biting down.

How will Teckkam Dental Care help next?

Once you have booked an appointment with us as your emergency dentist in Barrow-in-Furness we can proceed with trying to save the knocked-out tooth. After all, we don’t want you to lose the tooth permanently. We take our time to fully inspect the extent of the damage. Any information you can provide on how the injury occurred will allow us to shortcut the process. Time is of the essence at this point. After a thorough examination, we will be able to determine if any other teeth are dislodged or if there is further damage to the jaw or other areas of the mouth. These are important factors in considering how to proceed. It is important to remove any debris so we will clean your mouth and wound thoroughly to prepare you for the re-insertion of your knocked-out tooth.

A splint or temporary bridge might be required to allow your tooth to heal. Your tooth should repair itself within a number of months, but this of course depends on how your dentist chooses to proceed. Following your appointment with your emergency dentist in Barrow-in-Furness you will probably need to return so that we can monitor your progress and ensure you have the best results possible.

No need to panic

As you can see there is a need to act with urgency when you face a dental emergency and you should not put off calling our team at Teckkam Dental Care. Rest assured we deal with situations like this very regularly and we can offer you excellent levels of care, you’re in good hands with us.

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