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When we were kids, a tooth falling out was a good thing. The tooth fairy was on her way and there was cash to be had. However, now that we are adults, a tooth falling out is not a fun thing. These teeth are our last ones and we don’t get anymore after this. If you do lose a tooth, it might not be the end of it. You might possibly be able to save it and get it put back in. The following is a list of things that you should do in the event you lose a tooth.
- Handle It Correctly – If you are involved in an altercation and got hit on the face or you just fell down and hit your jaw, it is vitally important that you handle the tooth that fell out correctly. Do not hold the tooth by the base, also called the root, as doing this may damage important tissue and lower the chances of your dentist being able to fix it. Clean it off in some water and try to keep the tooth fresh by putting it in a container with some of your saliva, some whole milk or in a saline solution if you have some.
- Try To Put It Back In – Once you have cleaned the tooth correctly as per previous instructions, you should try to put it back into the socket that it came out of. This may make you feel squeamish, but it is the right thing to do. By doing this, you are making the dentist’s job easier for later, when the dentist tries to re-plant the tooth. By placing it back into the socket, you are protecting the root. If you can, bite down on something soft like some gauze, to get it to stay in place. For more advice on this procedure, check various dental articles online.
- Get To The Dentist – If your tooth is knocked or fallen out, you need to get to the Everton Park dentist or a trusted local dentist as soon as possible. If you don’t go see the dentist immediately, you will more than likely lose the tooth and also get an infection in the root socket. The quicker you see the dentist, the more likely that your tooth can be saved and you get to keep your beautiful smile. Current procedures can use dental lasers to help with the implanting of the tooth, which reduces pain and you may not need an anaesthetic.
- Ensure Protection – We all live hectic lifestyles and some of us are heavily involved in sporting activities. Any sport where it is likely you will get hit on the face like during the footie, for example, then you will need to take additional measures to protect your teeth. Always wear a mouth guard and if your sport allows it, a helmet and a face mask.
Protecting your teeth is massively important, as these teeth are your last ones and you really do need to take real care of them.