Teeth can be knocked out in falls, car accidents, and sports injuries. Fortunately, a permanent tooth that gets knocked out can be re-implanted if the problem is addressed quickly and correctly. Below we’ve outlined a few steps you can take to care for your tooth in the event of an accident.
The first thing you should do when a tooth is knocked out is locate the tooth and handle with care to prevent any further damage. Avoid touching the root, touching only the crown. If the tooth is dirty, it should be gently rinsed with water. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If this isn’t an option, you can put the tooth in a container and cover it with a layer of saliva or whole milk to help preserve it.
To control any bleeding, apply gauze to your mouth. If you’re in pain, hold a cold compress to your cheek or lips. Call your dentist as soon as you can and get his or her advice on how to handle the situation further.