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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?"

Emergency checklist

  • 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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