Did You Lose a Permanent Tooth?

Since permanent teeth won’t be replaced naturally, most people visit the dentist for an artificial replacement. However, if swift action is taken, Dr. Dr. John Oliver may be able to restore your tooth without the use of a replacement. If you experience a knocked-out tooth, we suggest that you take the following measures:

Keep the tooth: Find the tooth and hold it by the crown, which is the portion of the tooth that was visible when it was still in your smile. Then, wash the tooth roots if they are dirty. When you wash them, please be gentle and do not scrub. Scrubbing will remove the tissue fragments that are necessary for restoration.

Try to put the tooth back in place: If possible, put the tooth back into the socket. As you do so, make sure the tooth is facing the right way and do not force the tooth into place. If this is not possible, you can put the tooth in a small container of milk, in a cup of water with a pinch of table salt, or in a product that contains cell growth medium.

See your dentist: Visit your dentist as soon as possible. The best way to save a knocked-out tooth is to see the dentist and return the tooth to its socket within one hour of it being knocked out.

Smiles Dental offers dental emergency assistance among our many services. If you have a dental emergency in Grants Pass, Oregon (or you are seeking information for future situations), please contact us at 541.787.4733. We are here to help you.