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How to: Save Your Tooth

April 19, 2023
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To maintain good oral health, taking care of your teeth is essential. However, accidents happen, and teeth can get knocked out or damaged.

In this article, we will provide insight into saving a tooth that has been subject to damage or knocked out. We will also discuss preventative measures to take to reduce the risk of tooth loss.


Taking Preventative Care Seriously

A variety of factors, including the following, can cause adult tooth loss:

Gum disease is caused by bacteria that attack the gums and bones supporting the teeth, leading to inflammation, infection, and eventual tooth loss.

Bruxism is a term that describes the grinding or clenching of teeth. The condition can cause the teeth to wear down and become loose.

Cavities can cause tooth decay, which, if left untreated, can require root canal therapy or lead to tooth loss.

Physical trauma can also cause tooth loss, such as in the case of a sports injury or a car accident.

Periodontitis is a more advanced condition or form of gum disease that can lead to the loss of both gum tissue and bone.

Diabetes, hypertension, and osteoporosis can also contribute to tooth loss by affecting overall health and weakening the bone and gum tissue that support the teeth.

Regular dental cleanings and fillings can also help prevent tooth loss. Mouth guards or night guards can be beneficial for those who grind their teeth or participate in contact sports.

It is essential to maintain overall health through proper nutrition and routine oral care at home, such as brushing two times a day and flossing on a regular basis.

Knocked out tooth? Here’s how to save it

If a tooth gets knocked out, act quickly. The first thing to do is to locate the tooth and handle it only by the crown (the top part). Avoid touching the root as much as possible.

If the tooth has fallen and has become dirty, rinse it gently under running water. Try to reinsert the tooth into the socket and hold it in place with clean gauze or a cloth.

If it is not possible to reinsert the tooth, store it in milk or saliva. As Dr. A states, seek emergency dental care immediately for a knocked-out tooth.

Do not store the tooth in water, as this can cause damage to the tooth’s delicate cells.

Treatment options to help save your tooth

If a tooth is damaged but still in place, several gum disease treatment options are available to save it.

Root canal therapy is an option for a tooth with infected or inflamed pulp. A crown, veneer, or bonding can be used to repair a damaged tooth’s appearance and restore function.

Professional dental cleaning and filling are crucial for maintaining good oral health and can help prevent further damage.

A nightguard can also be an effective gum disease treatment option for those who grind their teeth at night. Ashraf Dentistry makes nightguards onsite at their clinic, which can help prevent tooth loss and other issues associated with bruxism.


Maintaining good oral hygiene practices and seeking timely dental care can help prevent adult tooth loss caused by conditions such as gum disease.

While prevention is vital, it is essential to know that gum disease treatment options are available to help save your teeth and restore oral health. From non-surgical and surgical options to routine professional dental cleanings, fillings, and root canal therapy, there are many ways to treat and prevent gum disease.


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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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