What to Do?
Knocked-out permanent tooth is a dental emergency. The very first thing to do is to collect the tooth and handle it very carefully. Do not touch the root part, but handle it by the crown only. This is very important as if the ligaments on the root become damaged the tooth’s change to reimplant could be highly reduced. Do not scrape, scrub, or use alcohol or bleach on the tooth to clean it. You can rinse the tooth gently but only if necessary.
You can try to reinsert the tooth into the correct sockets and bite on a piece of clean gauze to hold the tooth in place.
If you cannot reinsert the tooth, store it in a container of milk (neutral solution) or between your cheek and gum to prevent it from drying. Again, do not soak it in alcohol, bleach or any other cleaning products! They are not neutral solutions and will damage the tooth and its attachments.
Call us immediately or go to an emergency room if you are not able to reach us right away! Even if the knocked-out tooth has been successfully reinserted at the ER you should see dentist as soon as possible.