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For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.
Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.
If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.
If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.
When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.
When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment.Â Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.
And as for Noah Galloway:Â In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!
If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”
Broken bones aren't the only consequences of sports injuries. A fall or blow to the face from an elbow, ball or a hockey stick can also injure your teeth, mouth and jaw. Dr. Brandon Huang, your midtown Manhattan, NY dentist at New York Dental Studio, explains what you should do if you experience a dental emergency.
Knocked out teeth
Knocked out teeth are common in contact sports or any sport that involves equipment that can accidentally come in contact with your mouth, such as balls, pucks, sticks or even balance beams. Although wearing a mouthguard offers some protection against blows, if the blow is severe enough, it can still knock out a tooth.
Don't assume that there's nothing you can do about a knocked out tooth. If you receive dental treatment in about an hour, it may be possible to reimplant the tooth. After you find your knocked out tooth, rinse it with water to remove any dirt, then place it back in the socket. If the tooth can't be placed back in the socket, cover it with gauze and put it in a container with milk or your saliva. If no container is available, place the tooth in your mouth next to your gum, but be careful not to swallow it.
Blows to the face during a game or practice can also cause broken teeth. Bring pieces of your broken teeth to the dentist with you if you can find them. In some cases, it may be possible to reattach them to your teeth. If not, your midtown Manhattan dentist may recommend bonding or a crown to restore your tooth. Broken teeth can be painful if the break exposes your pulp. If you pass a drugstore on the way to the dentist's office, stop in and buy some dental cement. Apply it to your tooth to reduce sensitivity and prevent the jagged edges of the tooth from cutting your lips or cheeks.
Loose teeth are also a dental emergency. If your tooth is not only loose but has moved out of position, gently push it back in place. After you move it back, don't touch it again or put any pressure on it.
Immediate dental treatment is essential if you experience any of these injuries. Call Dr. Huang, your midtown Manhattan, NY dentist at New York Dental Studio, at (212) 588-1809 to schedule your appointment.