According to the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation, children, high-school athletes and adults have more than 5,000,000 teeth knocked out in sporting events annually.
At Austin Family Orthodontics we strongly recommend that all children wear protective mouth guards during sports play.
Mouthguards can prevent chipped or broken teeth, lip and cheek injuries, jaw fractures, mouth lacerations and even concussions.
Unfortunately, accidents still happen. The upper front permanent teeth are the most common teeth to be completely knocked out. Knocked out baby or primary teeth are rarely placed back in the mouth because they will eventually be replaced by permanent teeth.
However, permanent teeth can be saved if you do the right things.The most important thing is to get the tooth back in the socket as quickly as possible then get to the dentist. The longer the tooth is out of the socket the less likely it can be successfully reimplanted.
The knocked out permanent tooth should be rinsed gently with water or milk to remove any debris.Do not scrub it clean. Care should be taken to handle the tooth only by its crown and not by its root. Then the tooth should be placed gently back into the socket.
If the parent or patient is unsure about reimplanting the tooth, then the tooth should be stored in milk (if available) or in water and brought to the dentist as soon as possible.