Did you lose a tooth by accident? Did your child have one of his/her teeth get knocked out?
Here’s what to do…
Permanent Adult Teeth
For a knocked-out permanent or adult tooth, keep it moist at all times. Then get to a dentist (any dentist) immediately. Don’t call around to determine if a dentist will accept you. Just go there. Dentists and dental staff the understand the severity of this kind of injury. You have only 1 to 2 hours before that tooth becomes unsalvageable.
- Pick up the tooth by the enamel, not by the root. If the tooth became dirty from landing in dirt or debris, do not attempt to wash to rinse the tooth. The root is highly sensitive; interfering with it any further will decrease its chances of successful replantation.
- Preferably, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root, and then drive to the dentist.
- If it’s not possible to put the tooth back in it’s socket, you can place it in between your cheek and gums.
- If you do not want to hold the tooth in your mouth, place it in a container of milk. Do not use powdered milk, condensed milk, soy milk, almond milk, etc. Only real dairy milk contains the right pH balance to help preserve that tooth.
- If it’s after hours, or a holiday, go to an emergency room. Tell the E/R receptionist it cannot wait. You have only a short window to work with.
- If the person losing the tooth suffered other serious injuries, call 911 and have emergency personnel come to you.
When a baby tooth is knocked out, the best thing to do is find the tooth, keep it moist and get to a dentist. A dentist will determine whether the entire tooth, or just part of it, came out. The dentist will then determine whether to implant it again.
There is a new product called, “Save-a-Tooth” that helps protect knocked out, permanent adult teeth during transit to a dentist or emergency room.
It has an ADA Seal of Acceptance, and is the only product of its kind that carries this seal.
It’s a jar that contains bristles and a salt solution that stimulates cell growth on the root and protects the root from further damage. You place the knocked-out adult tooth, into the jar, and take it (and you) to the dentist. Save-a-Tooth is an alternative to putting a tooth into a container of milk, or holding it in your mouth.
If you coach sports or teach martial arts, and you’re working with teens and adults, try buying a few Save-a-Tooth jars to keep handy.
Visit their website on how to buy: https://www.saveatooth.com