What to Do About a Knocked Out Tooth in Salem, OR

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What should I do if I knock a tooth out?

If a tooth has been fully knocked out of the socket, there are steps you can take to maximize the chances of saving the tooth:

  1. Assess other injuries and if needed see a doctor immediately, particularly in the case of head injuries
  2. Pick up the tooth by the crown and avoid touching the root
  3. Gently rinse the tooth in clean running water with no soap
  4. Place the tooth gently back into the socket
  5. Schedule an emergency dental appointment ASAP

If swelling or other injuries prevent the tooth from being placed into the socket, it can be soaked in milk to keep it alive while you wait to see a dentist.

If I lose a tooth do I need to go to the emergency room?

If you lose a tooth — whether because you got hit in the face, as a result of a sports injury, or during a car accident — you may need to go to the emergency room for evaluation and treatment. Any loss of consciousness is a sign you should see a doctor immediately as you may have a serious concussion or head injury.

Can I get an appointment today to fix my knocked out tooth?

Yes! At Healthy Smiles Family Dental, we offer same-day emergency dental services at our Salem dentist office to examine and repair teeth that have been knocked out. Our goal is to provide a quick examination and assessment of your health and then recommend the best possible treatment.

Can a knocked out tooth be saved?

Yes and No, it depends on the severity of the injury and other factors. It’s especially important to see a dentist quickly for an evaluation. Then your dentist must closely monitor the tooth as it heals to avoid infection and other complications.

If the tooth can’t be saved, we’ll discuss your options which might include an implant or dental bridge.

How to fix a knocked out tooth?

Generally speaking, a dentist will attempt to reseat the tooth in its socket and monitor its health as it heals. In many cases, the tooth will take hold and remain healthy for years to come. In other cases, the tooth will die and must be extracted and restored with a dental implant.

Will dental insurance pay to fix a knocked out tooth?

Most forms of dental insurance do include some coverage for restorative procedures like fillings. If you come to Healthy Smiles Family Dental in Salem, be aware that we work with most insurances and offer a variety of flexible payment options, including CareCredit. There’s even an in-office savings plan to help you reduce the cost of your care if you don’t have insurance.

Who is the best dentist to see in Salem for a knocked out tooth?

Healthy Smiles Family Dental is here to help if you’ve knocked out a tooth. Our convenient Salem office is open Monday to Thursday, 7AM to 4PM. We’ll help with all your insurance paperwork and also offer a money-saving dental health membership plan, too! Learn more.

Invest in your dental health and save!

For only $50 per year, you can join our in-house membership plan which includes:

  • FREE exam
  • 20% discount on treatments
  • 15% discount on all Oral-B & Sonicare products

Whether you have dental insurance or not, we’ll help you get the general dentistry treatments you want and need at a price you can afford. 

Become a patient at Healthy Smiles Family Dental

A healthier you starts right here. We’re looking forward to meeting you and your entire family. Schedule your free consultation today at our Salem dentist office.

Have questions? Call (503) 689-8936. We hope to see you soon!

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