Ask the Dentist: What should I do if a tooth is knocked out?

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What should I do if a tooth is knocked out?

If your tooth is knocked out, immediately call a dentist for an emergency appointment.  It is important to see your dentist within an hour of when your tooth is knocked out for the best chance of the tooth surviving the trauma.  Handle the tooth by the crown (the top), not by the root (the pointed part on the bottom).  Touching the root of the tooth can damage cells that are necessary to reattach the tooth to the bone.  Gently rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt.  Do not scrub the tooth!!  Place the clean tooth in your mouth between the cheek and gum to keep it moist.  It is important not to let the tooth dry out.  If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse it in milk or saline solution (the solution used for contacts).  If a baby tooth is knocked out, the tooth should not be replanted.  The patient should be seen as soon as possible to make sure that are no remaining pieces of the tooth.

 

Robin JungblutAsk the Dentist: What should I do if a tooth is knocked out?