If you have a tooth knocked out in a dental accident, it’s important to know what to do. Quick action and following a few simple steps can often mean the tooth can be saved by your dentist. If you are in the Costa Mesa area, Smiles4OC has the experience necessary to repair and save your tooth after a dental accident.

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If a tooth is knocked out, it is referred to as an avulsed tooth. When this happens, there are a few things you can do at home to aid in the repair process.
  • Hold the tooth gently and be careful not to touch the root, as it is easily damaged.
  • If the tooth has fallen on the ground and is dirty, hold it by the crown and gently rinse with milk or water.
  • The tooth should be kept moist. The best thing to do is to put it back in the socket, but be careful not to swallow it. If it does not go back in the socket it, place it in a container of milk. You should not place a child’s tooth back into the mouth.
If the tooth is not cracked or damaged, we will always do our best to try to save it. When a tooth is knocked out and damaged, the nerves and pulp inside of the tooth are also damaged. Because nerve tissue cannot be repaired, any avulsed tooth will require root canal therapy. After a root canal, we will work to put the tooth back into place.

The first thing we do is clear any debris from the socket before slipping the tooth back into place. A splint is then applied to the avulsed tooth and the teeth on both sides of it to keep it in place.

If the jawbone did not sustain any injury, the tooth root may reattach in about three to four weeks. If there is considerable damage it can take longer.

For more information on repairing a knocked-out tooth, call (714) 557-0700
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Having earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Loyola Marymount University, and his Doctor of Dental Surgery from Georgetown University, Dr. Thomas Rolfes has been providing dental care from his Costa Mesa location since 1984. He holds a Fellowship from Academy of General Dentistry among memberships from many prestigious organizations.Dr. Christina Do specializing in laser dentistry, Dr. Cary Dunne, the aesthetic dentistry specialist, and Dr. Timothy Rolfes whose passion is community dentistry comprise the team which also includes skilled hygienists, dental assistants and administrative staff who are dedicated to helping the people of the area fulfill their dental needs.