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More than 5 million teeth are knocked out every year in children and adults. With proper emergency action, a tooth that has been knocked out of its socket can be successfully replanted and last for years. It's important to see a dentist or endodontist for knocked out teeth as soon as possible. Quick action will increase the likelihood of saving the tooth. At The Dental Roots, a renowned dental clinic in South Delhi, takes care of any accidental avulsions of teeth.
HERE IS WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO
Locate the tooth immediately; do not leave it at the site of the accident. The tooth should be handled carefully -- touch only the crown -- to minimise injury to the root.
The sooner the tooth is replaced, the greater the likelihood it will survive. To reinsert, carefully push the tooth into the socket with fingers, or position above the socket and close mouth slowly. Hold the tooth in place with fingers or by gently biting down on it.
The tooth must not be left outside the mouth to dry. If it cannot be replaced in the socket, put it in one of the following:
Bring the tooth to an endodontist as soon as possible -- ideally, within 30 minutes. However, it is possible to save the tooth even if it has been outside the mouth for an hour or more.
Tips to prevent such injuries