How to Save a Knocked-Out Tooth

How to Save a Knocked-Out Tooth

An estimated 5 million teeth are knocked out every year. Knocking a tooth out is a true dental emergency. If you suffer a knocked-out tooth, prompt action can help you save it and your smile. See a dentist within 30 minutes of the injury for the best chance of preserving your tooth.

Immediately after the injury, pick the tooth up by the crown, or the chewing surface, rather than the root. Handle the tooth gently, and rinse it with water if it is dirty. Do not scrub it or use soap or any chemicals to clean it. Do not wrap it in cloth or tissues. This could damage the delicate root system.

If possible, replace the tooth in the socket. Do not force it if it does not go in easily. Simply position the tooth above the socket with your fingers and bite down carefully. If the tooth does not go in, place it in a tooth preservation kit, a small glass of milk or in your mouth between your cheek and gums. Do not put the tooth in tap water, which can destroy the roots. If you are bleeding, bite down on gauze.

Get to a dentist or endodontist as soon as possible, bringing your tooth with you. The best chance for saving the tooth comes within 30 minutes of knocking the tooth out. However, the tooth may still be able to be saved even if the tooth has been out for an hour or longer.

If the tooth is lost, replacing it with a dental implant provides you with a restoration that will look and feel just like your own natural tooth. Call us today to find out more.