Saving A Tooth
A knocked-out permanent tooth is a dental emergency.
A permanent tooth that is knocked out can sometimes be reimplanted. In most cases, only permanent, adult teeth are reimplanted into the mouth. Baby teeth are usually left out.
1. Collect Teeth or Teeth Fragments
Find the tooth and rinse it with clean water. Handle teeth carefully because damage may prevent re-implantation.Touch only the crown, the top part of the tooth. Do not touch the root of the tooth.
Rinse tooth gently with water.
- Do not scrub
- Do not scrape
- Do not use soap
- Do not use alcohol
2. Re-Insert or Store Teeth
Rinse mouth with warm water.
If possible, reinsert permanent teeth into the correct sockets and have the person bite on a gauze pad to hold teeth in place.
If you can’t reinsert permanent teeth, or for baby teeth or teeth fragments, place it in a clean container with cold water or milk, or place it in the persons mouth between their cheek and gum to prevent drying. Do not wrap it in tissue or in a cloth.
3. Treat Symptoms
Control bleeding with sterile gauze or cloth.
For pain and swelling, apply a cool compress. Encourage a child to suck on a frozen pop.
For pain, take ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
4. Get Help
For teeth that have been knocked out, see a dentist or go to an emergency room immediately. Take the teeth or teeth fragments with you. Even if the teeth have been successfully reinserted, you should see a dentist.
For chipped or broken teeth, call us an make an appointment.