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How do you treat a knocked out tooth?


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June 09, 2012 7:20AM

Knocked-Out Tooth

A knocked-out tooth is an emergency that requires immediate medical attention. If these emergency tips are followed right after a tooth has been knocked out, there is a good chance that the tooth can be saved.

  • The tooth should be picked up by the top of the tooth (crown). The root of the tooth should not be touched.
  • Gently rinse the tooth off with plain water to clean it. Make sure you cover the drain so the tooth doesn't accidentally go down the drain.
  • The tooth should not be scrubbed or any attached tissue should not be removed.
  • Gently place the tooth back into the socket in the correct position, if possible. Gently try to bite down on gauze to hold it in position.
  • If it is not possible to put the tooth back into its socket, place the tooth into a container with milk, warm salt water or your own saliva. Get to a dentist immediately, preferable within one hour.
  • Call your dentist immediately. The longer you wait for implantation, the less likely you will be able to save the tooth.

The tooth may be placed in a clean container of milk, cool water with or without a pinch of salt, or in saliva. If possible, the patient and the tooth should be brought to the dentist within 30 minutes of the tooth loss