Thursday, June 27, 2013
Accidents happen, whether you are playing around with friends or sitting at home. Many people experience the problem of having a tooth knocked out or being there when someone else’s tooth gets knocked out at some point. While it is painful and bloody at first, if proper action is not taken, the tooth could be lost forever. Knowing when it is appropriate to take someone to an urgent care dental clinic or go to a hospital is important for immediate action.
Check for Injury The most important thing to do is make sure the person is okay. When a tooth is knocked out, it usually means that someone has been hit very hard in the head with something, which could result in a concussion or extreme bleeding. Make sure that the person is coherent by asking them questions, such as what their name is and the date. Look for any signs of serious injury, and if you suspect anything, take them to an urgent care facility. If the injury is bleeding profusely or the person seems unable to move, call 9-1-1 to get an ambulance there.
Save the Tooth If the person is okay despite the knocked-out tooth, get some ice on the area immediately. This will help keep the swelling down. Use gauze or other similar material to stop the bleeding in the gums, and make sure any blood is spat out instead of swallowed. The person should talk as little as possible to help the blood in the area clot. Try to find the tooth so that it can be placed back in the mouth. If possible, take the person to an urgent care dental clinic to see what can be done about reinstating the tooth. The sooner this happens, the better. A dentist can try to put the tooth back in and get the area back to normal. If the tooth is too messed up, a fake implant may need to be used instead. If you cannot get dental care immediately, place the tooth in a glass of milk to help keep it prepped to be put back in the mouth.
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