Tips to Save a Tooth That is Knocked Out

Trying To Save A Tooth After It Gets Knocked Out Of Your Mouth

If you have just had a tooth fall out due to a sports injury, fall, or from biting down on hard food, you will want to act fast in getting to a dentist or emergency room in an attempt to have it re-implanted into your mouth. Placing the tooth back into its spot is not always possible, but it makes sense to get to the proper facility fast if there is a chance. Here are some instructions to follow before and during your trip to get help.

Try Replacing

As soon as the tooth falls from your mouth, try to place it back in the socket where it was located. Rinse the tooth quickly in milk or water, but do not scrape or scrub the tooth or you may cause the periodontal ligament tissues needed to reinsert it to deteriorate. Make sure you place it in the hole in your gum in the proper direction. To keep it in place, bite down on a wet piece of gauze or a teabag. Do not attempt to talk or move your mouth around, so you do not have the tooth fall from the socket again. Be very careful not to swallow your tooth!

Handle Properly

If you cannot reinsert the tooth on your own, transport it to the dentist or emergency room in a clean container with some milk or saliva. This helps to keep the root alive while you are in transit, making it more favorable for possible broken tooth repair. You can also put the tooth between your lower gum and lower lip or underneath your tongue to help keep it moist. Never wrap your tooth in a napkin or paper towel, as these will dry out the periodontal ligament tissues, making it impossible to replace the tooth as a result. Hold the tooth by the biting edge, not the gum edge, when you are moving it into a container to keep the tissues in tact, as well.

Ease Pain

While you are waiting to be seen, you will most likely be experiencing pain in your gum area. To alleviate this, use a cold compress to bite down on or hold against the area where the tooth has fallen out. If you are biting down on gauze to keep the tooth in place, hold the compress to the outside of your face to help numb the area a little, helping to relieve some of the pain.

About Me

Tips to Save a Tooth That is Knocked Out

I love horses, and my family has kept them for years. One day, I was getting onto the saddle of my favorite horse, and I had a bad accident. My foot slipped as I was getting on her, and I fell. Thankfully, I didn't suffer any major injuries other than a tooth that was knocked out of my mouth. I had a great friend who helped me save it. She rinsed the tooth off in milk, and she had me hold it in my mouth after that until we arrived at the emergency dentist. He was able to stick it right back in! He placed a temporary splint in my mouth to keep the tooth in place until it healed. I am happy to say my tooth is perfect now! I created this blog let others know they can save a tooth that is knocked out if they act fast!


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