KNOCKED OUT TOOTH
When the whole permanent tooth gets knocked out of jaw bone including the whole root, it should be re-implanted as soon as possible! Ideally within 30 minutes. The sooner it gets re-implanted the more likely it will re-attach to the bone and function for years to come. Time is ESSENTIAL, whoever can re-implant the tooth sooner, should re-implant the tooth:
- Hold the tooth by the crown, gently rinse the tooth off if some dirt got on the tooth
- Do not scrub the tooth as you will remove the live cells on the root which are essential for reattachment
- Place the tooth back where it came from
- If you are unable to re-implant the tooth, you MUST store the tooth properly (to keep the cells on the root alive) until you get to the dentist: place it in milk OR store it in your mouth against the cheek OR put it in water with a little bit of salt
- A dentist needs to make sure the tooth is in the correct position and needs to splint the tooth to the adjacent teeth ( like a “cast” for a broken bone )
A baby tooth should NEVER be re-implanted if it gets accidentally knocked out.
Above are some helpful tips until you can see a dentist.