Most people might consider that missing a tooth due to it braking can seem really scary and embarrassing. Not only because you have to deal with pain from the injury, but you also have to go through carrying on with your normal activities with a missing tooth. Until you can schedule dental surgery to have a fake tooth implanted. Contrary to popular belief, having a missing or broken tooth may not actually be as bad as you might think, and you may even be able to save your tooth that broke but you have to be prepared to act quickly to care for the tooth when the injury occurs.
In case you ever find yourself in a situation where a tooth has broken off for whatever reason, here are
Steps to take:
- First you need find the tooth and handle it by the crown only! This is the part of the tooth that you bite with. If you touch the root of the tooth, you run the risk of causing permanent damage to the tooth.
- Then if you find that the tooth is dirty from falling on the ground, you can rinse it gently with your own saliva or whole milk. If neither of those are feasible options, you can rinse it very gently with water, but saliva or milk are the preferred options to get rid of any grime.
- The final step on you part is to get to a dentist’s office immediately. The longer you wait, the more unlikely it is that your tooth can be successfully re-implanted. On your way to the dentist office, if you are able, you can place the tooth back in the socket gently, and bite down on gauze or a tea bag to keep the tooth in place. If the tooth can’t fit back into the socket, you can keep the tooth in your mouth, either under your tongue or between your lower lip and gums. You can also transport the tooth in a container, as long as it is covered with a small amount of saliva or whole milk. The key is to keep the tooth moist at all times, as once it dries out; the tooth won’t be viable for re-implantation.
Situations where teeth brake are fairly frequent, especially in winter and holiday seasons when families and friends gather and play popular winter sports such as skiing and ice hockey. Also walking and driving conditions are more dangerous during the colder months. In fact, more than 5 million teeth brake off per year. That’s a lot of teeth!
It is most important to remember if you ever lose a tooth, stay calm and follow these steps. If you act quickly, your tooth can be successfully re-implanted and last many more years to come. In the meantime, don’t forget to protect yourself by wearing a mouth guard when you’re playing sports and watch out for black ice on sidewalks and roadways!