Dental care requires a team effort between patient and dentist. Individuals have the responsibility of practicing oral hygiene, eating nutritious foods and showing up for regular dental visits as recommended by their dental care provider. Once the individual has showed up at a dental clinic, the dental services team has a responsibility to make a person feel relax, conduct a proper examination of potential dental problems and provide solutions. Most of the time, it is that shared moment between patient and dentist that will solve dental issues, however in some rare instances individuals can successfully practice at home dentistry to save their smile.
Some dental problems seem to happen overnight and while individuals are always encouraged to seek the advice of a professional dentist, there are circumstances when the timing of an event may make it impossible or unnecessary. In those rare situations, there are some steps a person can take to safely make like a dentist and correct tooth issues.
There is an old saying "it's always funny until someone loses an eye," and it can also be applied to the cases of a knocked out tooth. While most individuals do not tend to get into a situation with the intent of losing a tooth, trauma such as a blow to the head, falling face down or getting walloped by a stray ball can deliver the unfortunate results. Luckily, those who react quickly to a knocked out tooth can potentially save their smile.
If a tooth has come free from the jawbone, individuals are advised to handle the tooth by its crown, rinse off any dirt with fresh water, place it back into the socket. Then, placing gauze or a moistened tea bag over the tooth and gently biting down will apply the pressure needed to help torn periodontal ligaments reattach to the tooth. Even after a tooth has been knocked out, there will be some ligaments clinging on. Individuals should be cautious not to remove them and instead, place it a tooth back into place in the hope it will reconnect.
Individuals should make sure to avoid drinking hot beverages, smoking or playing with the damaged tooth to increase the chances of success. Although the initial move will increase the odds of reattachment success, a professional dental exam is recommended to full assess the situation. A dentist may also suggest patients getting a custom made mouth guard to prevent that type of accident occurring again in the future.