What Should I Do When I Knock Out a Tooth?

Having a tooth knocked out can be scary. It takes a great deal of force to knock out a tooth, so chances are you’ve endured some kind of trauma. Knowing how to handle such a crisis can help you stay calm.

The loss of a permanent tooth is a dental emergency. You should contact Roach Family Dentistry immediately. If you get to the dentist and have the tooth replanted within 30 minutes, you have the best chances of saving it. However, there are documented cases of teeth being saved after more than one hour of being out.

Once your tooth has been successfully replanted, it can last for many years without more or different care than your other teeth require. Follow the steps below for the best chance at saving your tooth.

Locate the tooth

When you find the tooth, pick it up by the crown, which is the part you can see when it’s in your mouth. Never touch the root. If your tooth is in pieces, gather the pieces and follow the same steps given here for a whole tooth.

Rinse the tooth if necessary

If there’s dirt or debris on the tooth, gently rinse it by submerging it in warm water for no more than 10 seconds. Don’t scrub it or use any substance besides water. Don’t wrap it in tissue or cloth, either.

Don’t let the tooth dry out

If you can, replace the tooth back into its socket, as that will keep it moist and safe. You can hold it in place with your fingers or by biting down very gently.

If you can’t replace the tooth in its socket, you can hold it between your gum and cheek, or you can submerge it in milk. Regular tap water can be harmful to the root of your tooth, so use milk instead.

There are over-the-counter products available as well. You may choose to keep such a product on hand just in case.

Treating your symptoms

If you’re bleeding, you can use gauze or a clean cloth to stop it. If you’re having significant pain or swelling, you may want to use a cold compress to help. You can also take over-the-counter products such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain if needed.

Immediately contact Roach Family Dentistry

The experts at Roach Family Dentistry have the skills and training to handle dental emergencies, including avulsed teeth. Calling as soon as the emergency occurs helps us be ready when you arrive.

Prevention is the best medicine

Accidents happen, and are sometimes unavoidable. Following safety precautions, such as wearing mouth protection when playing sports, can go a long way toward protecting your teeth.

Seeing your regular dentist when you have a dental emergency has benefits, compared to going to the emergency room or a different dentist. Your dentist knows your medical and dental history and has your records on hand.

If you have questions about what to do in a dental emergency, or if you’d like to learn about the emergency dental services available at Roach Family Medicine, book an appointment online or by phone, or feel free to ask questions about emergency dentistry during your regular bi-annual appointment.

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