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:


  1. Hold the tooth by the crown, gently rinse the tooth off if some dirt got on the tooth
  2. Do not scrub the tooth as you will remove the live cells on the root which are essential for reattachment
  3. Place the tooth back where it came from
  4. 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
  5. 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.


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If you are experiencing a dental emergency, it is in the best interest of your health to contact an emergency dentist as soon as possible. 


Above are some helpful tips until you can see a dentist.