Tooth loss can be life-threatening. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, it’s an emergency. Seek medical help immediately if the person with tooth loss is unconscious or has a serious injury.
Procedure to save a lost tooth
- Collect the broken teeth or teeth fragments
You need to be careful with the teeth to increase the success rate of re-implantation. But, be careful not to touch the root of the tooth. Only touch the top part. If it is tainted with dirt or foreign matter, rinse it gently with lukewarm water for less than 10 seconds. Do not scrub it or wash it with alcohol.
- Re-insert or store teeth
First, rinse your mouth with warm water. Try to reinsert the knocked out tooth into its socket. Then, bite on a gauze pad to hold the tooth in place. If you can’t reinsert the tooth back, or if your tooth was broken, keep them in whole milk. If you don’t have milk round, put it between your cheek and gum to prevent drying.
- Manage bleeding and pain
You can stop the bleeding with sterile gauze or cloth. If the affected area is swollen and painful, apply a cool compress. Pain can be relieved with OTC ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
- Seek medical help
If your tooth has been knocked out completely, you need to visit a dentist right away. Don’t forget to bring the tooth or tooth fragments with you. Even if you have managed to put it back in place, you still need a checkup with your dentist. Chipped and broken teeth need medical attention too.
Aftercare for tooth implantation
The first thing to keep in mind after implanting is to drink cold beverages only and do not eat until the local anaesthetic has worn off. During the first day, don’t consume hot drinks or hot food. Don’t touch your affected tooth with either your tongue or your fingers. Don’t engage in high-impact activities such as running or going to the gym.
Any swelling will subside after a few days. You can help ease it with ice packs wrapped in a towel. But don’t put the ice packs on your cheek for more than 10 minutes at a time. After the first day, mildly hot packs are more beneficial. The pain left by implantation can be managed with painkillers. Within the first couple of days after the procedure, use the maximum dosage. If the pain does not go away after a few days, or if the affected area gets more painful and swollen, visit your dentist as soon as possible.
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Review Date: May 25, 2017 | Last Modified: May 22, 2017
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Guidelines for aftercare of your mouth. https://theimplantcentre.com/patient-care-costs/patient-care/treatment-aftercare/. Accessed May 18, 2017.