I Am Away From Home and I Knocked Out a Tooth. What Do I Do?

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The last thing you want to worry about on a trip is a dental emergency, right? Well, unfortunately, dental emergencies happen and it’s important to handle the situation and improve it as much as possible, no matter how inconvenient it might be. If you’re away from home and you have knocked a tooth out of your mouth, our dentist, Dr. Bin H. Park, has some tips for you.

First, contact a local dental office that can see you for an emergency appointment. This is important because the tooth needs to be put back into place and treated within an hour of it falling out. When you’re on the phone with the dental team, explain the situation so they know what they’re dealing with. It’s also better to take care of any insurance or health questions over the phone so you don’t have to wait in the lobby when you arrive at the office.

Second, pick up the tooth by the crown. The crown is the visible portion of the tooth when it was in your mouth. Then, rinse the tooth with warm water. When you wash it, do not scrub it. Just run it under the water.

Third, try to put the tooth back into place. As you do so, make sure it’s facing forward. All you need to do is slide the tooth’s roots into the gum socket where they used to be. If this isn’t a viable option, it’s important to keep the tooth alive. You can do so by putting it between your cheek and gums, in a tooth-preservation product, or in a glass of milk.

To learn more about how to take care of a knocked-out tooth when you’re away from Corona, California, please call Bin Park, DDS at 951-898-5658. Our dental team will be happy to talk with you and help you handle this situation with success.