No one’s ever expecting to have a tooth knocked out, but it happens. Whether it’s because of sports, a fight, or an accident, life has a way of tossing us unexpected situations. If your tooth or your child’s tooth were to get knocked out, would you know the first steps to take?
Here we will explain what to do in this emergency situation. Remember, if a tooth gets knocked out, a dentist will have the best chance of saving it within 30 minutes—so don’t wait around!
Step #1: Find Your Tooth
Before you run to stop any bleeding, it’s important to find your knocked-out tooth, or piece of tooth. If it’s a whole tooth you’re looking for, pick it up by the top, not the bottom. Handle the tooth very gently.
Step #2: Try To Hold The Tooth In Place
Gently rinse the knocked-out tooth with milk (or water, if you don’t have milk). Do not wipe it off to dry it.
Then place the tooth back in the socket, making sure it’s facing the right way. Warning: don’t do this for children, since they may swallow the tooth. If you’re dealing with a child’s knocked-out tooth, skip to step #3.
If you’re an adult, go ahead and fit the tooth back into the socket, place a clean gauze pad over the tooth, and gently close your mouth to hold the tooth in place until you can get to a dentist.
If you’re unable to fit the knocked-out tooth back in or cannot see a dentist for awhile, follow step #3.
Step #3: Put Tooth In Milk
Gently rinse the tooth with water, then submerge it in a glass of milk. The milk’s calcium will help preserve the tooth’s strength. If you don’t have any milk, use your salvia. Do NOT put the tooth in water, wrap it in tissue, or leave it dry. This will cause damage to the sockets, and may ruin your chance of being able to have the knocked-out tooth put back in.
Step #4: Go To The Dentist Immediately
As mentioned before, your best chance of getting the tooth fixed is within a 30-minute timeframe. This is why having a dentist who offers emergency services is important. If you can’t get to a dentist soon, try a hospital ER. Remember to take your knocked-out tooth with you (yes, in the cup of milk!).
The dentist will handle things from there. Depending on your situation, the fix may be simple or more complicated, but by seeing a dentist as soon as possible, you’ll definitely have a better chance of saving the tooth. And if the tooth can’t be saved, a good dentist will help replace it so no one ever knows the difference.
Watch the video below for more information on dealing with a knocked-out tooth:
Don’t let too much time pass before calling. Time is extremely valuable when dealing with a tooth knocked out.
At Infinite Dental Wellness, we’ve seen our share of emergency tooth situations—everything from a tooth knocked out to cracked molars. That’s why we provide our clients with emergency dental services. If you ever find yourself in this situation (hopefully not!), please don’t hesitate to contact us. We will do everything we can to help.