If you participate in contact sports or other high-contact activities without the protection of a quality mouthguard, then you are at extreme risk of having one or more of your teeth knocked out. It is estimated by the American Dental Association that nearly three million teeth are knocked out during athletic activities each year.
If one of your teeth is knocked out during sports or if you’ve experienced an accident, there are a few things your dentist, Dr. Chris Pallotto, recommends that you do to help you improve the situation so you can have the best possible outcome.
There are some instances when Dr. Chris Pallotto can implant a knocked-out tooth back into the socket. For this to have any chance of success, the tooth needs to be whole and it needs to still be alive.
If the tooth was fractured or damaged or if there was some of it still left in the socket, it most likely means that our Oak Dental Associates team will need to perform a root canal or extract the remainder of the tooth. If it needs to be extracted, you might be able to later restore it with a dental implant.
If the tooth is whole and was knocked out cleanly from the socket, you can keep it alive by holding it between your cheek and gums. There are also tooth-preservation products available in some stores. To use the preservation product, you place the knocked-out tooth in the jar and seal it. The nourishing gel inside will keep it alive until you can see Dr. Chris Pallotto.
If one or more of your teeth have been knocked out, you should call your dentist in Oak Lawn, Illinois, as soon as possible at 708.422.1900 to schedule an appointment.