What should I do if a tooth is knocked out?

Getting a tooth knocked out can happen in an accident or sports injury – or in some other way.  If a permanent tooth is knocked out then there is a small window of opportunity to save the tooth. Placing a tooth back in the socket within the first 30 minutes gives it the best chance for survival.

  1. Collect the tooth. Make sure to handle the tooth carefully, without touching the root of the tooth. If the tooth is covered with dirt, then rinse it gently with water, taking care to not touch the root of the tooth.
  2. Rinse your mouth with warm water. Then, if possible, place the tooth back into the socket. If you are unable to reinsert the tooth, then place it in whole milk to keep it from drying out.
  3. To control the bleeding, bite on a wet gauze or wet paper towel.
  4. Call us immediately. If we are not open then go to an emergency room. Even if you have been able to put the tooth back in you need to come and see us so that we can ensure that the re-insertion is correct.  It is critical that you come and see us as quickly as possible – there is a good chance that your permanent tooth can be saved with quick action.

If you are having teeth pain or need a dental assessment, contact our office for a dental appointment. Coquitlam’s Altitude Dental has professional, friendly and caring staff to help you have the dental health you need and want. Or read more about other dental services available at Altitude Dental.