Teeth Knocked Out
The tooth can be stored in:
- If the knocked out tooth is missing, it may have been swallowed. See a doctor.
- Otherwise, pick the tooth up by the crown (chewing surface). NEVER touch the root as this may damage the chances of it being reattached to the bone.
- GENTLY rinse the tooth off in cool water to remove dirt, being careful not to touch the root. DO NOT scrub the tooth, dry it off, or wrap it in a tissue or cloth.
- Try to place the tooth back in the socket by carefully and firmly pushing the tooth into the socket with your fingers. Bite down and hold it there with a clean wash cloth. If the tooth can be reimplanted within 30 minutes the chance of retaining the tooth is good.
- Keep the tooth moist at ALL times. If you cannot get the tooth back in the socket place it in clean milk, sterile contact lens saline, or saliva. If you don’t have milk put the tooth next to the cheek or under your lip, in emergency tooth preservation kit, or if nothing is available, in water with a pinch of salt.
- Water for 15 minutes
- Saliva for 30 minutes
- Milk for 60 minutes