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How To Save Knocked-Out Tooth - Lollapalooza Edition

According to American Dental Association, every year about five million teeth are knocked. And today, on the second day of Lollapalooza we we wondering, how many people have an accident and knock out their teeth during music festivals, like Lollapalooza? Accidents do happen, especially when alcohol is involved. That's why we wanted to recap with you on what to do in case of a knocked out tooth during Lollapalooza.

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In medical terms, knocked out tooth is called “avulsed” (dental avulsion) and means complete displacement of a tooth from its socket. However, it does not necessarily mean that the tooth is lost for good. It is important to know what to do if you hit your tooth, because proper emergency action can save the tooth. After reading this article you will know what to do so that it can be replanted successfully and last for years to come.


What Happens To The Tooth When It’s Knocked Out?

When a tooth gets knocked out, it damages the nerves, blood vessels and supporting tissues. Unfortunately, this damages not reversible in the nerves and blood vessels. This means that all avulsed teeth will require a root canal treatment. The good news? The bone has ability to reattach to the root once it’s put back into place correctly!


What To Do With a Knocked Out Tooth?

If we could tell you only one thing: Act quickly and call us for emergency appointment.

Please review and remember these 5 tooth-saving steps:


1. You should pick up the tooth by the the chewing surface (crown) . DO NOT touch the root.

As soon as possible locate the tooth and handle it carefully until you get to the dental office. Never touch the root of the tooth, only the crown.


2. If the tooth was on the ground and is dirty, gently rinse the it with milk or drinking water.

Use drinking water to gently wash away any dirt. Do not use soap or chemicals. Don’t scrub, dry or wrap the tooth in a tissue or cloth.


3. Place the tooth back in the socket immediately, if possible.

As soon as you can, try to put the tooth back into its socket. Take it by the crown and gently push the tooth with your fingers. Try closing your mouth slowly and keep it closed to keep the tooth in place.


4. Keep the tooth moist.

You must make sure that the tooth stays moist at all times. Placing it back in your socket is the best option. If it can’t be done, put it in milk or in your mouth next to your cheek. Again, do not use tap water; surface cells of the root can’t tolerate treated water prolonged period of time.


5. Visit an endodontist or family dentist within the next hour/ as soon as possible.

Of course bring your tooth with you. We have best chances of saving your tooth if you come in right away.



What To Do If You Chip a Tooth

Most common dental injuries are chipped teeth. In case of a chipped tooth try and find the broken piece. There are techniques we can use to restore the broken tooth with the original piece. The chipped part of the tooth is quite fragile, so be careful with it. Put it in a bottle with drinking water or milk to keep it moist. If the chipped piece can not be located, don’t worry – there are other ways to restore the shape of the tooth.

What To Do if Your Tooth is Loose

If the tooth is loose, gently push it back into the gum. Keep applying firm pressure and wiggle. Moving it around can damage the root, nerves or surrounding tissues even further.


The final step is to set up emergency visit to your Chicago family dentist. Only your dentist can determine the extent of the damage and start the process of working to repair or save your tooth.


Steps To Avoid Chipped Teeth and Mouth Injuries

While going to any music festival involves some risk, there are things every attendee can do to make it safer. Taking the following steps will help prevent dental injuries while still getting out there to enjoy Lollapalooza! It's not much, but we thought we would mention it.

Avoid participating in mosh pits

Probably the biggest list of knocking out a tooth during a music festival is during a mosh pit. Just to specify, moshing is a style of dance in which participants push or slam into each other, typically performed to "aggressive" live music. If you care about your smile, it's best to avoid mosh pits.


Avoid running, if it starts raining and becomes slippery

Another common type of accidents during music festivals happen when someone slips and falls. Usually it involves running for cover during the rain. Be mindful if the ground becomes slippery and proceed with caution. This year the forecast for lollapalooza looks good, so it shouldn't be a problem.


If you choose to consume alcohol, moderation is key

Probably some of you will roll your eyes reading this paragraph. We won't school you about the harm alcohol can do. We trust you will make good choices, be safe and responsible.



No-one wants to think about knocking out or chipping a tooth while you are at a music festival like Lollapalooza. But the truth is that it can happen. These simple steps will help protect your mouth and possibly save you a tooth during Lollapalooza festival in Chicago.


If you found this article after the accident has happened, call us immediately at 773-581-1345. Archer Dental in Chicago will save your smile!


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