3 Things To Do If You Knock Out A Tooth

Posted on: 11 July 2017

If you fall down or are injured in the face area, you may end up with a knocked out tooth. If it happens to a young child, they are still going to have the prospect of having their permanent tooth grow in. However, that doesn't happen in adults. If you have a tooth knocked out, you want to know how to handle it so that you can keep your tooth. There are several things that you should do to give yourself the best chance of your tooth healing correctly. 

Rinse it off

When you can, you want to gently rinse off your tooth. Gently means using a small stream of water so that you don't knock off any tissue that may be on the tooth. It also means that you don't want to scrub at the tooth because that could damage the root, which would make it so that the tooth won't heal correctly. Just put it under a gentle stream of tepid water, just long enough to get any debris off the tooth. 

Put it back

If you can, you want to put the tooth back in the hole it came from. That's because being in your mouth, covered by your saliva, will give your tooth the very best chance of reintegrating into your mouth so that it will heal and you will have a nice tooth there. Don't jam it into the hole. Just gently place it back in the hole, holding it by the tooth and not the root. You should never hold your tooth by the root because it can cause damage. If you can't get it back into place, then don't try to fix it, there are other things that you can do. 

Get some milk

If you can't get your tooth back into the hole, you need to make sure that it stays nice and moist. The best way to do this is to put it in a cup and cover it with spit. However, that can be a lot of spit and you may not be able to generate that much. Instead, you can cover it with some milk. Milk is gentle and is very similar to your saliva, so it won't damage your tooth. 

If you have a knocked out tooth, you should get into see a dentist as soon as possible so that they can check to make sure that it will heal correctly.