We know sports can be risky, but no one ever really expects to get a tooth knocked out, do they? Well, at Polwarth Dental Clinic, our emergency dentist in Edinburgh sees plenty of sports-related knocked-out teeth and we know a thing or 2 about how to deal with them.
You can put it back, you know
Many people think that if they get a tooth knocked out, that’s it, game over for the tooth. But this isn’t necessarily the case. Teeth can be put back in, providing you do everything you can do to take care of your tooth on your way to the emergency dentist in Edinburgh.
Here’s what to do to give your tooth the best chance of going back in:
Store our phone number
Put it in your phone right now so that if you do get a tooth knocked out, you don’t waste precious time hunting around on the internet looking for an emergency dentist in Edinburgh.
Call us, or get your friends to call us, as soon as you can. Don’t forget to tell us that you have a knocked-out tooth so that we can do our best to fit you in with an appointment in the 2-hour window you have after losing the tooth. Yes, you have 2 hours to get that tooth put back in.
Pick up your tooth
This is very important. You must pick it up by the crown (the white part) and not the root. There are probably some lumpy bits of flesh on the root and you must not touch those. These fibres are what connect your tooth to the socket and if you touch them, you will damage them.
If your tooth is dirty you can wash it in milk or saliva, but never in tap water, as the chemicals in it will kill the tooth.
Stash your tooth
If you can, put it back in the socket (don’t do this with baby teeth), if not, put it inside your cheek or in a pot of milk and then get yourself to Polwarth Dental Clinic as quickly as possible.
We will get you out of pain and try to put your tooth back in.