Can you save a knocked out tooth?

There you are, on the ground with a bleeding mouth, a bashed face and teeth sitting next to you. Your teeth. Whether you’ve lost them through mountain biking, rugby, skateboarding or in some other way, the result is pretty much the same. And the next question is: can you get them put back in?

Emergency Dentist in EdinburghThe answer from us at Polwarth Dental Clinic is: yes, you can if you can get to our emergency dentist in Edinburgh as quickly as possible.

The boy scouts are right: be prepared

If you regularly participate in activities that might lead to your teeth being knocked out, it’s a good idea to know what to do if the worst does happen, and to have the right stuff with you to do it.

Here’s what to do

Before you go out, make sure you can contact our emergency dentist in Edinburgh straight away. Put our number in your phone.

Then, follow these guidelines when you’ve lost that tooth. Find it and pick it up by the crown, not the root. You want to keep all those fleshy strands attached to the tooth alive, so don’t touch them.

If your tooth is dirty, you can either lick off the dirt or use milk to clean it. Never use tap water, or any water, to clean the tooth. The chemicals in the water can kill it.

Next, store your tooth. If you are an adult, the best thing to do is try to put it back into the hole. If it’s a child’s baby tooth, never try to put it back, as doing so can damage the adult tooth waiting behind to come through.

If you can’t get the tooth back into the hole, hold it inside your mouth, or store it in a jar of milk. Never let the tooth dry out. It is used to being in a wet place and drying will kill it.

Now call our emergency dentist in Edinburgh and explain that you have knocked out a tooth. We will see you as quickly as possible and do our best to re-insert the tooth for you. If, for some reason, this is not possible, we can move onto discussing ways to replace it.