What To Do First When You Get A Tooth Knocked Out

Written By Anita Ginsburg / Reviewed By Ray Spotts
Regardless of the patient’s age, a knocked-out tooth is considered a dental emergency. And while some cases of teeth being knocked aren’t as severe as others, it still warrants a trip to the dentist. However, what you do beforehand saves not only the tooth, but a lot of tears and money down the line.

How To Save A Knocked Out Tooth

If you or someone you know knocks out a tooth, the first thing you need to do is determine whether they need emergency medical treatment. Depending on the mechanism of injury, like falling down a flight of stairs, a call to 911 may be warranted. If the injury isn’t severe and the only thing wrong is the missing is the tooth, you need to stop the bleeding. Apply just enough pressure to the area where the tooth is missing, only using sterile gauze.

Handling The Tooth

If you’re able to find the tooth, you need to proceed with caution. It’s important to determine whether or not the root is still attached. If so, your cosmetic dentist may be able to reinsert the tooth back into the socket. If the tooth is dirty, gently clean it with a clean piece of gauze, gently avoiding the root. Always try to hold it by the crown.

Soak It In Milk

In addition to keeping the root intact, you also need to keep the tooth moist. It’s best to place the tooth in a cup of milk and keep it in there until seen by the dentist. If this isn’t possible, you can either try to put the tooth back in and hold it against your or the injured person’s gum. If it’s a small child who lost their tooth, it’s probably better off storing the tooth in a cup in water. In order to keep the tooth viable for re-implantation, it’s important to keep the tooth moist.

Head To The Dentist

Since time is of the essence, head to your dentist as soon as possible. If they’re not available, you can also go to your nearest emergency room where they have a dentist on call. If all else fails, go to the nearest urgent care where they can direct you to an after-hours dental specialist.

Losing a tooth due to injury is never a laughing matter. But, with a little due diligence and quick thinking, it is possible to save a knocked out tooth.

Written By:

Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, Colo. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn't writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.

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Reviewed By:

Founder Ray Spotts has a passion for all things natural and has made a life study of nature as it relates to health and well-being. Ray became a forerunner bringing products to market that are extraordinarily effective and free from potentially harmful chemicals and additives. For this reason Ray formed Trusted Health Products, a company you can trust for clean, effective, and healthy products. Ray is an organic gardener, likes fishing, hiking, and teaching and mentoring people to start new businesses. You can get his book for free, “How To Succeed In Business Based On God’s Word,” at www.rayspotts.com.

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