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How to Save a Tooth That’s Been Knocked Out

Mouth with missing toothIf you’ve ever had a tooth knocked out, you know that it can be painful and scary. Luckily, there are ways that a knocked-out tooth can be saved and reinserted into the mouth, but proper steps will quickly need to be taken first. Below are the instructions you should follow immediately after having had a tooth knocked out.

Saving a Knocked-Out Tooth

First, you need to locate the tooth and store it properly. When the tooth has been located, pick it up by the crown, being careful not to touch the roots of the tooth. The tooth can then be placed into a cup of milk or lukewarm water.

Next, it’s important to keep the tooth moist. If the tooth is allowed to dry out, it’s less likely that it can be saved. If it’s possible to reinsert the tooth back into its socket, we recommend doing so. If it’s too painful or if the patient is young and may choke on the tooth, keep the tooth in the cup of milk or in a cup of the patient’s saliva. No matter how you store it, just make sure the tooth is kept moist.

Lastly, contact your general dentist right away. Most dental offices keep open slots in the schedule for dental emergencies such as a knocked-out tooth. If you’re able to make it to your dentist within an hour of having lost the tooth, the chances of saving the tooth are much greater. The procedure done to save the tooth will depend on the severity of the injury to the mouth and the tooth.

Please remember that having a tooth knocked out is considered a dental emergency and should be treated as such.

Posted on May 11, 2018

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