Can You Save a Tooth?
Thursday June 4, 1998
DEAR DR. MADY: I am a mother of four extremely active boys. They play very aggressively with each other and one day my eldest, John, was hit in the face with a baseball bat by one of his brothers and he lost his front tooth. I was later told by my neighbour that the tooth could have been saved. Is this possible when the entire root comes out with it? - Denise in St. Claire Beach.
Yes, it is possible to save a tooth that has been knocked out (avulsed), but one must act quickly! The first thing to remember is to not rub or scrub the tooth. Rinse it off with water, milk or juice. If you can, try to put the tooth back into its socket immediately (do not try to re-implant a lost baby tooth). If you can't, store the tooth in milk, contact lens solution, or water. Then call your dentist right away, or the dentist on call. If you get there within one hour there is a good chance of saving the tooth.
This column is reprinted with the permission of the author and The Windsor Star. "Ask the Dentist" is written by Windsor dentist (and ECDS member), Dr. David Mady Jr.. The column appears the first Thursday of each month in the Windsor Star. Readers with questions can write to "Ask The Dentist", c/o The Windsor Star, 167 Ferry St., Windsor Ontario, N9A 4M5