Tooth Knocked Out On The Ball Field

Knocked Out Tooth Splinted

Knocked Out Tooth Splinted The Day Of The Accident

Tooth Knocked Out After

Knocked Out Tooth After Healing Period Is Restored By Dr. Gangwisch With Cosmetic Bonding

In my dental career, I have had the opportunity to assist two people who have had a tooth knocked out at a sporting event. The second one was during a baseball game that I was coaching. My left fielder ran at fullspeed right into the outfield fence. He was down on the ground while the ball was in play, then while I was running out to check on him (it was a high school field, so I had to run quite a ways to get to him), he got up and came to me with something in his hand. It was his front tooth. It turns out that of the ten foot sections of the cyclone fence, he would decide to choose the few inches of pole to collide with. Needless to say, when it came to tooth versus pole – the pole won. There were no facilities at this field (it was serviced by a Port-A-John), I had him roll the tooth around in his mouth to clean it. Then, after asking his parent’s permission, I reinserted it back into the socket. He handled it very well for a 14 year old because I could tell he saw stars when I put it in. After the game, I took him over to my office, opened up the tooth and placed medicine inside and then splinted it to the surrounding teeth with braces. Later I did a root canal on the tooth and removed the braces then and rebuilt the chipped tooth. Now his smile looks as good as new.


Tooth Knocked Out On The Soccer Field

Tooth Knocked OutIn my dental career, I have had the opportunity to help two individuals who knocked their teeth out during sporting events. The first one was during a soccer match. I was watching a buddy of mine play in an adult soccer league when all of a sudden with a couple of minutes left in the game, a fight broke out near the far sideline. Once that was broken up, they completed the game. Afterwards, I noticed that all of the players from both teams were over by that sideline looking on the ground. I thought that someone had lost a contact lens. At that time, my friend, knowing that I am a dentist, came over and told me that a player had had a tooth knocked out during the fight and was wondering if I could help. As I walked across the field, the player came over holding his tooth in his hand. Since we were standing in the middle of the field with no water available (the field was only serviced by Port-A-Potties), I had him roll the tooth around in his mouth to clean the dirt off of it. Then, crunch time came. I took the tooth and firmly inserted it back into the socket. I could tell that it smarted quite a bit but I don’t normally carry a syringe full of Novocaine with me. There certainly weren’t any tears. There was no way that he was going to let his teammates think he wasn’t tough. I instructed him to see his dentist the next day. When I checked with him later in the week, he was doing just fine. His dentist did a root canal for the tooth.  A year later, I asked my buddy how his teammate was doing and he said that his tooth was doing just fine. Happy endings are always nice.

What To Do If Your Child’s Tooth Is Knocked Out

Having your child run to you, mouth bleeding and holding their front tooth in their hand can be a very disconcerting thing. The key is-don’t panic. There are methods to save the tooth, but you must not delay. Time is of the essence. Your first thought is to clean the tooth since it came from the dirty ground. Make certain that you DON’T CLEAN THE TOOTH! It can rinsed with salt water or milk. If these aren’t available, then tap water will do. Saliva works great since there are bacteria fighting antibodies in it. It is best to replace the tooth back into the socket within 20 minutes of the injury. This would be best done by a dentist, but that is not always possible since most injuries happen during off-hours and even then, by the time the child hands you his tooth, you are probably close to the 20 minute mark already. That means you will need to be the one to reinsert the tooth. This is not the time to be squeamish. Your cool, calm actions can mean the difference between your child enjoying a beautiful smile or a lifetime of maintaining replacements. First, have your child vigorously swish with water to remove any blood clots that may have formed in the socket. tooth knocked outNext is crunch time. Take the previously rinsed tooth and quickly and firmly insert the tooth back into the socket. This will probably bring stars and a few tears to your child’s eyes, but you’ve got to remember-it’s tough love. Once the tooth is back in the socket, have your child close their teeth together to make sure that it doesn’t interfere with the bite, then you can ajdust the alignment as needed. A dentist would be best seen within 24 hours for follow up care.