Tooth Knocked Out

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Dental First Aid: What Do I Do If My Tooth Is Knocked Out?

If your tooth is knocked out, this is a dental emergency. It’s important to act quickly in order to have the best chances of saving your tooth.

Carefully pick up the tooth by its crown (the large white part that you normally see in the mouth). Then gently rinse the whole tooth under water. Be careful not to remove any tooth or tissue fragments when doing so.

You then have two options. You can try reinserting your tooth yourself, being careful not to force it back in. Make sure that it faces the correct way once back in its socket. Hold it in place with a clean finger whilst you make your way to see a dentist.

Alternatively, if you are at all unsure or uneasy about the above procedure, carefully store the tooth in a small, clean container, with some lightly salted water or milk. Contact us immediately or visit any emergency dentist as soon as possible.

Reinsertions tend to be most effective if they are carried out within the first 30 minutes to 1 hour after the accident. So the quicker you act, the higher the success rate of saving the tooth.

What do I do if my tooth is partially knocked out?

If your tooth is partially knocked out of place, this is an emergency. Please contact us as soon as you can to book an appointment. If you are experiencing discomfort in the meantime, we recommend that you take over the counter pain relief.