Q: What do I do if I damage or knock out a tooth?
A: Good question. It’s not just the young who are at risk for dental trauma. A fall, whether it’s off a bike or in the house, and a collision with a tennis doubles partner or his racquet are just a couple of the scenarios in which an adult can experience dental trauma, knocking out, breaking or loosening a tooth.
If a tooth is knocked out, first of all, retrieve it if you can. Keep it moist with saliva or milk. Don’t scrub it clean because some of the fiber attached to it could be helpful in successfully replanting the tooth. Go to your dentist—not a hospital emergency room—as quickly as possible. Likewise, if you chip or break a tooth, retrieve the broken-off part if possible. If the dentist cannot repair the tooth with the part you retrieved, depending on the size of the chip, he may be able to fix it with a tooth-colored resin. If the chip is sizable, however, the dentist may need to put a crown over the tooth.
If a tooth is knocked loose, you may be able to push it back into place yourself. But you should still see a dentist as soon as possible. The effects of dental trauma are not always obvious. While the teeth may look fine after you’ve sustained some sort of blow, there could be damage that only a dental examination, perhaps with an x-ray, will detect.
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