Knocked-Out Tooth: First Aid
Mouth injuries that are forceful enough to knock out a tooth may also damage other teeth or other structures in the mouth or face, such as the roof of the mouth, gums, lips, or cheeks. A permanent tooth can sometimes be put back into its socket (reimplanted). The best results occur if a dentist puts the tooth back in the socket within 30 minutes. Chances of successful reimplantation are unlikely after 2 hours.
1. Find the tooth.
2. Rinse the tooth gently with tap water while holding it by the top of the tooth (crown). Do not rub or scrub the tooth or touch the root.
3. Store the tooth properly for transport to the dentist.
4. Call your dentist immediately to arrange for your care. If you are unable to talk with your dentist right away, go to a hospital emergency room immediately. Be sure to take the tooth with you.
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