Loose or knocked-out teeth

A loose or knocked-out tooth is a tooth that has detached completely from the gums and bone. A loosen or knocked tooth occurs due to trauma on the mouth or facial area. It is an emergency, and you should rush to your dentist immediately. As you delay, it will reduce your chance of saving the natural tooth. If you are in the Stuart, Florida area, contact McClane Dentistry for round-the-clock and efficient emergency dental services.

Loose or Knocked-Out Teeth in Stuart Florida

Causes of loose or knocked-out teeth

  • Teeth grinding- Excess grinding or clenching your teeth. This damages your teeth which in return may lead to other health complications like headaches and facial complications.
  • Injury- an injury directed to the mouth or the facial area can cause a loose tooth. Many reasons may cause an injury. For example, if you fall and hit your mouth or experience a strong force to your face.
  • Periodontal diseases can also lead to a loose tooth.
  • Knocked-out teeth are commonly caused by trauma to the face, such as accidents, falls, and injuries from various sports like basketball, hockey, volleyball, baseball, and football.
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Prevention of loose or knocked-out teeth

  • Reduce the risk of trauma by wearing mouth guards while playing sports.
  • Practicing good hygiene can prevent a loose tooth caused by gum disease. This includes brushing your teeth at least two or three times a day and flossing daily.
  • Schedule a regular dental cleaning twice a year and talk to your dentist if you notice changes such as bad breath, painful gums, or bleeding gums.
  • Avoid hard foods.
  • Teeth with significant motion will need to be stabilized using a wire, metal arch bars, or a plastic bond for 10 to 14 days.
  • For knocked-out permanent teeth, the tooth will need to be put back immediately in its socket.

Treatment for loose or knocked-out teeth

Loose Tooth:

  • Scaling and root planning- This is a type of procedure that treats and reverses gum disease.
  • Medications or mouth rinses- It helps infected gums to heal and combat bacteria in the mouth.
  • Surgery- It helps to remove inflamed gum tissue and bone damaged by gum disease.
  • Bone grafts- Rebuilds bone lost to gum disease.
  • Soft tissue grafts/ gum grafts- prevent further gum loss in people with gum disease.
  • Dental appliances like bite splints- reduces the damage from grinding and may help the mouth heal after surgery.

Knocked out teeth:

  • Hold the knocked-out tooth by the crown but not the root.
  • Quickly rinse it in cold running water for not more than ten seconds in case it is dirty.
  • Try to put it back in your gums.
  • In case the tooth does not stay in the socket, put it in milk.
  • Immediately see a dentist, and if the tooth gets back in, gently bite down on a clean cloth to hold the tooth in place.
  • The dentist will then check if the tooth is in the right place and move it if need be.
  • The dentist will then hold the tooth to the teeth on either side of it to hold it in (splinting). After that, you will have to go back after a couple of weeks to check the splinter.

Anyone can go for dental cleaning, although the treatment and procedure rely mainly on your oral examination results. A dental hygienist will perform your tooth-cleaning sessions. An oral examination will also be carried out to check your gums and teeth.

Getting the emergency dental treatment in Stuart, FL

Remember to wear protective gadgets, especially if you are participating in sports with a high risk of falls. For more information and booking, visit McClane Dentistry, location 1001 Southeast Ocean Boulevard, Stuart, Florida 34996. Or call (772) 287-0788.