August 8, 2008 Newsletter
Accidental Tooth Loss by
It can happen in the blink of an eye: an accident that
leaves a tooth hanging by a thread or lying on the ground.
Kids, athletes, soccer hooligans - it can happen to just about
anyone. Ouch! But if it does happen, it's important to know the
proper first aid:
- If the tooth is loose (even extremely so!) but is still
attached in any way, leave it in place. Do not remove
- If it is out of its socket completely and unattached,
but still in the victim's mouth, it is best to have the
person hold the tooth in their mouth, if possible, until a
dentist can attempt re-implantation.
- If the tooth is out of the mouth, do not let it dry
out. Handle it as little as possible. Do not attempt to
disinfect the tooth, or scrub it, or remove any tissue
attached to it.
- If the tooth is recovered from the ground or other
soiled area, rinse it off in lukewarm water. Preserve it in
milk until a dentist is available. If milk is not
available, lukewarm water will suffice.
Time out of the socket is critical in the long-term success
of re-implantation. After 30 minutes, the success potential
begins to decline. However, re-implantation is still possible
after several hours, so the attempt can still be made even if
the tooth has been out for a long period.
Remember, even if re-implantation fails, you have a variety
of other options. For more information on emergency dental care
or tooth replacement, please don't hesitate to call us at
(212)988-8822 or email us at info@DrSimonRosenberg.com