What to do when a tooth gets knocked out
If you lose a tooth in a dental accident, it's important to follow a number of steps that may increase your dentist's chances of saving the tooth.
The emergency checklist below tells you how to behave after a dental accident.
"I lost a tooth in an accident. How can I get it replaced?"
- Stay calm.
- Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown (the white part). Avoid touching the root.
- If the tooth is dirty, wash it briefly (max. 10 seconds) under cold running water and reposition it. Once the tooth is back in place, bite on a handkerchief to hold it in position.
- If the previous step is not possible, place the tooth in a glass of milk or another suitable storage medium and bring it to the emergency clinic.
- The tooth can also be transported in the mouth, keeping it inside the lip or cheek.
- Avoid storage in water.
- Seek emergency dental treatment immediately.
Guidelines for the Management of Traumatic Dental Injuries: 2. Avulsion of Permanent Teeth, 2012, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry,
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