Millions of teeth are knocked out each year, and many of them are adult teeth. What's so special about adult teeth? Unlike primary or baby teeth, adult teeth can be put back into place if they are treated correctly after the accident and if you get to your dentist quickly - very quickly. So, if you suffer a mouth injury that's severe enough to dislodge one of your teeth, follow these steps to save it. 

Stop the Bleeding and Tend To Soft Tissue Damage

Stop the bleeding as well as you can with the limited resources at your disposal. If you have access to a first-aid kit, use the gauze contained in the kit to create a cushion that you can press against your gums. If you notice any swelling, place an ice pack or ice on the affected area. Don't wander too far from the scene of the accident, though. There is more important work that needs to be done. 

Round Up a Posse and Find Your Tooth

Enlist everyone to help you find your tooth. When it's found, do not pick it up by the root. Instead, pick it up gently by grasping the part of the tooth that's visible when it is implanted properly in your gums.

Prepare Your Tooth for the Dentist

Rinse dirt and debris from the tooth with distilled water and immediately try to put it back into the hole it came out of. If you can't get it to slide back into place, hold it in your cheek to keep it from drying out. You can also place it in milk. Under no circumstances should you allow the tooth, especially the root portion, to dry out. 

Call and Make an Emergency Dental Appointment

If you see a dentist immediately after your injury, there's a good chance they can save your tooth. Since time is of the essence, it's vital that you start calling for an emergency appointment immediately. If you have a walk-in emergency dental clinic in your area, you might wish to consider going there instead of spending a great deal of time on the phone trying to make an appointment. 

If you lose an adult tooth in an accident, you can save it if you take the proper steps necessary after the accident. Remember, with any type of oral injury, time is critical. For more information, contact Hillcrest Dental Centre or a similar location.