Help! I've Knocked Out a Tooth! What Do I Do Now?

March 16, 2018
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Posted By: Dr. Richard Leung
Tooth Loss | Emergency Dentist Temple TX

There are very few real emergencies in dentistry, but an avulsed (knocked out) tooth is one of them. In many cases, the tooth can be saved, but prompt attention is crucial. When a tooth gets knocked out for any reason, whether it’s a sports injury or the result of an accident, time is of the essence.

If you find yourself in the middle of an emergency, it can be hard to think clearly. But knowing the immediate steps you can take will increase the odds of saving the tooth will be helpful when it happens to you or someone else.

Steps for Handling a Knocked-Out Tooth

After you contact your emergency dentist in Temple, take the following steps:

  • Don’t touch the root – the nerves and tissues of the tooth cannot be saved, but the bone in your jaw can reattach to the root.
  • Hold the root by the crown – if the tooth is dirty, you can gently rinse it by holding it by the crown only.
  • Try to reinsert the tooth – You must keep the root moist, and the safest place for the tooth to be is in your mouth. If you can’t reinsert it into the socket, you can hold it in your mouth between the cheek and gum.
  • Keep the root moist – The next best choice is to place the tooth in a container of milk, water, or even saliva.

Call Your Emergency Dentist in Temple

At Temple Dental Trails, we are available for you when you need us and we will see you as quickly as possible. However, we want to ensure your safety, so if your emergency involves an injury to the face or jaw or excessive bleeding, please call 911 right away or have a friend take you to the emergency room. 

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