Tooth Knocked Out
Never re-implant a BABY TOOTH!
Save any tooth that has been knocked out for possible re-implantation. Bring it to your dentist as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the less chance there is for successful re-implantation.
Handle the tooth only by the crown (chewing edge).
Use one of the following options to transport the tooth:
- Try to replace the tooth in the socket, to the level of adjacent teeth. Bite down gently on gauze or a wet tea bag to help keep it in place. The surrounding teeth can be used as anchors. Care must be taken not to swallow the tooth.
- If the tooth cannot be replaced in the socket, place it in a container and cover with a small amount of whole milk or saliva. The tooth can also be carried between lower lip and lower gum or under the tongue.
- A tooth-saving storage device (Save-a-Tooth, EMT Tooth Saver) may be available at your dentist’s office. Such a kit contains a travel case and fluid solution. Consider buying one for your home first aid kit.
For additional first aid, follow these steps:
- Apply a cold compress to the mouth and gums for pain.
- Apply direct pressure, using gauze, to control bleeding.
- Get dental help immediately. The sooner dental attention is received, the better the chances are for successful re-implantation.