For many years, April has been celebrated as National Face Protection Month – and for good reason! With the severity of sports that teenagers play, and the challenges risk-seekers take, our faces take the impact of our pursuits. That’s why it’s not uncommon for teenagers and adults alike to lose at least one tooth. Fortunately, you can save your tooth and maintain the space in your mouth by following these simple tips:
Avoid Touching the Root
The root of your tooth is very delicate, and it can be damaged easily. If possible, only touch the crown (the part of your tooth that was above your gums).
Rinse it With Milk or Water
If your tooth fell on the floor, rinse it with milk or water to clean it. It’s important to make sure that germs and bacteria aren’t on the knocked-out tooth longer than necessary. Don’t wipe the tooth with any type of cloth, as it could damage the root.
Submerge the Tooth
Rinsing your tooth with milk or water will help remove any present bacteria. Afterward, you’ll need to submerge the tooth in milk or water to keep it moist. Your tooth’s root is used to being inside your gums, a very moist and soft place. So, place the tooth in a glass of milk until you can see your oral surgeon.
Call Dr. Tomlinson
It’s important to see your oral surgeon as fast as possible after your tooth is knocked out. If the tooth is not broken, Dr. Tomlinson can put the tooth back in place. But, facial trauma can go far beyond a knocked out tooth. If you’ve suffered any of the following injuries, Dr. Tomlinson can help restore your facial structure and help you with your recovery:
- Facial lacerations
- Fractured facial bones including forehead, nose, orbits, and cheekbones
- Fractured upper and lower jaws
- Intra-oral lacerations
- Knocked out or displaced teeth
Time is key when dealing with facial trauma. If you’ve experienced a facial injury, contact our team immediately.