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Traumatic Tooth Loss

Traumatic Tooth Loss

Losing a tooth due to trauma does not always mean that a tooth is lost forever. If a tooth is lost due to trauma you should:

  • Avoid touching the roots of the tooth- handle it by the crown only.
  • Avoid rubbing the tooth in an effort to clean it of debris.
  • If debris is present, gently swish the tooth around for less than 10 seconds in a bowl of lukewarm water-do NOT rinse the tooth under running water.
  • Attempt to place the tooth back in its socket. Bite down gently on a piece of gauze or moistened paper towel if it will not go all the way in.
  • If the tooth will not go back into the socket, place it in some milk or a mild saltwater solution.
  • See a dentist as soon as possible- the sooner a dentist is consulted, the better the chance of successful reimplantation.
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