According to the American Association of Endodontists, each year, millions of teeth are knocked out in children and adults. However, this doesn't necessarily mean the tooth is lost permanently. Taking proper emergency action may save the tooth as long as you act quickly and visit our office within about 30-60 minutes.
Carefully Handle the Tooth
If your tooth has been knocked out, it is important to handle it carefully. Pick it up at the crown and avoid touching the root. The tooth can be damaged easily, so handle it with care.
Rinse Away Dirt If your tooth is dirty, gently rinse it off with water or milk. Don't scrub or dry the tooth and don't use any chemicals or soap. You also should avoid wrapping the tooth in cloth or tissue.
Put the Tooth Back in the Socket
If at all possible, try and put the tooth back into the socket. Handle it at the crown, and gently push it into place. Hold the tooth in its place with your fingers or by biting down gently.
Ensure the Tooth Stays Moist
If you aren't able to put the tooth back into the socket, drop it into a glass of milk. An emergency tooth preservation kit is also a good option. Try to avoid regular tap water, as the cells of the tooth root will not tolerate that for a long period of time.
Visit Our Office
It is critical that you get to our office right away in order to save your tooth. It is best to see us within 30 minutes, but it is possible to save a tooth that has been out of the mouth for an hour.
If your tooth has been knocked out, please give us a call right away to set up your emergency appointment.