What to Do if Your Tooth is Knocked Out

What to Do if Your Tooth is Knocked OutA knocked-out tooth is a dental emergency. Knowing what to do when a child or adult’s tooth has been knocked out may be the key to saving the tooth. Here is what you need to know if you or someone else suffers a knocked-out tooth.

1. Do not touch the root of the tooth. Pick it up by the crown to reduce the risk of injuring the root.

2. Carefully rinse the tooth with water if necessary. Do not use any soap or cleansers, and avoid scrubbing, drying, or wrapping the tooth in any material.

3. If possible, replace the tooth in its socket. If the tooth goes easily into the socket, close your mouth gently to keep it in place or use your fingers to stabilize it. A tooth that is quickly replaced in its socket is more likely to survive.

4. Keep the tooth moist. If your tooth does not easily go back into its socket, do not force it. Instead, put it in a tooth preservation kit, a glass of milk, or in your mouth between your gums and cheek. Do not store the tooth in tap water, which can damage the root.

5. Get emergency dental care as soon as possible. Treatment within half an hour offers the best chance of preserving the tooth. However, some teeth can be saved even if they have been outside of your mouth for an hour or longer. Knocked-out teeth may need root canal treatments or dental crowns to maintain long-term health.

Call us today to learn more about emergency dental care or to schedule an appointment with our Santa Clara dentist.

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