Richmond Dentist Gives Advice on Knocked Out Teeth

Mar 6th, 2013 | By | Category: Dental Emergencies, Family Dentistry

Knocked Out TeethWhile it can certainly be shocking and upsetting if one of your teeth becomes completely detached at the roots, there’s a possibility you might think there’s nothing your dentist can do to help you save the natural tooth. In fact, with quick action, and perhaps a little luck, there is a definite possibility that your knocked out tooth can be reattached. By educating yourself in advance, you can be in the best possible headspace to weather such a dental emergency with a level mind. Your Richmond dentist, Dr. Moiceanu, will tell you about how to deal with teeth that are displaced.

Don’t Knock It

Naturally, if you sustain an injury or witness an accident that is substantial or life-threatening, head to the emergency room or dial 911. However, if the only apparent sign of injury is that your tooth is knocked out, your emergency dentist will suffice. The hope will be that your tooth is displaced in one piece, and that you’ll be able to retrieve it. Even fragmented teeth can possibly be splinted and re-implanted in many cases. There is a 30 minute window for the best chance of success. Gently and carefully rinse the tooth free of dirt or debris. You should also gently rinse your mouth out with warm water to prevent chances of infection.

Milking the Emergency

If your tooth is clean and in one piece, try to gain access to clean gauze.  Before you head to the emergency dentist, you may be able to reinsert the tooth into the correct socket temporarily. Once you have gently placed the tooth, bite down on the gauze to hold tooth in place and make your way to your appointment. If the lost tooth is a baby tooth, or the tooth is in multiple fragments, you can store them in whole milk, or between your cheek and gums. This prevents the tooth from drying out or “dying.”

Call Your Richmond Dentist

If you have a dental emergency, or any general dentistry needs, you can schedule a consultation with your  Richmond dentist  by calling Hilltop Family Dental at 510-758-7222. Located in the 94806 area, we proudly serve families from Richmond, Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities. You can also visit us on Facebook at

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