Knocked out teeth are very common in dental emergencies. There are a few things to keep in mind when such a situation occurs. By doing these things you are increasing the chances that your tooth can be reinserted into your mouth:
- Try to find the knocked out tooth as soon as possible
- Always handle the tooth with the crown/bottom end. Avoid touching the root of the tooth
- If the tooth is dirty, you can rinse it gently but do not try to thoroughly clean the tooth
- If possible, try to place the tooth back into its original socket and gently bite down to hold it in place. Keeping the tooth in it's normal environment also increases the chances of being able to re-insert it
- If you are not able to put the tooth back into it's original socket, put the tooth in a small container with cold fresh milk
- Rush for emergency medical attention. Even if you have taken the above measures, these will only slow down the process of your tooth being damaged. It is very important that you see the dentist as soon as possible after such an incident
In the case of a loose tooth it is important to leave it in place. Try not to wiggle it around with your tongue and if possible bite down gently to prevent it from moving. Seek immediate attention to address the issue as soon as possible to prevent further damage.