Have You Knocked a Tooth Out?
Baby Tooth Knocked Out
If a baby tooth is knocked out – do not replace it. This can affect the continued formation and eruption of the underlying permanent tooth. Please contact the practice to arrange an emergency consultation so one of our dentists can ensure there is not other damage.
Adult Tooth Knocked Out
Follow the steps below then seek immediate care from the practice. Time is critical - the tooth has the best chance of survival if it is replaced within the first 20 minutes.
- Find the tooth. Hold the tooth by the crown (the white part), not by the root (the yellow part).
- Replant immediately, if possible.
- If the tooth is contaminated, rinse shortly with cold tap water and put the tooth back in its place. This can be done by the child or an adult.
- Hold the tooth in place. Bite on a handkerchief to hold it in position and go to the dentist immediately.
- If you can not put the tooth back in, place it in a cup of milk or saline. When milk or saline are not available, place the tooth in the patient’s mouth (between the cheeks and gums) – so long as clear instructions can be understood about not swallowing or inhaling the tooth.
For further assistance and advice – please use the International Association of Dental Traumatology’s app below.
Available on Apple or Android.
Tooth Avulsion Video