What to Do for a Knocked-Out Tooth

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Experiencing a knocked-out tooth can be a traumatic and alarming event, but knowing the correct steps to take immediately following the incident can significantly increase the chances of saving the tooth. At Kennesaw Mountain Dental, we specialize in emergency dental care and are here to guide you through the process of saving a permanent tooth. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Act Quickly and Calmly

Time is of the essence when dealing with a knocked-out tooth. The sooner the tooth can be re-implanted, the better the chances of it taking root again. Ideally, the tooth should be placed back in its socket within an hour of being knocked out.

2. Handle the Tooth Properly

When you retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth) and avoid touching the root. If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse it with water. Do not use soap, chemicals, or scrub the tooth, as this can damage the delicate cells on the root necessary for successful re-implantation.

3. Attempt to Reinsert the Tooth

If possible, gently insert the tooth back into its socket. Bite down softly on a clean piece of cloth or gauze to help keep it in place. If reinsertion is not possible, or if the individual is young or distressed, move to the next step.

4. Keep the Tooth Moist

If the tooth cannot be placed back into its socket, it’s crucial to keep it moist. Place the tooth in a small container of milk or a saline solution. If neither is available, placing the tooth in the mouth next to the cheek can help. Avoid storing the tooth in water, as this can damage the root cells.

5. Seek Emergency Dental Care Immediately

Contact Kennesaw Mountain Dental or your nearest emergency dental care provider as soon as possible. Let them know that you have a knocked-out tooth, and they will guide you on the immediate steps and prepare for your arrival.

6. Follow Up

After the initial emergency care, it’s important to follow up with your dentist for further treatment and to ensure the tooth is healing correctly. There may be additional steps needed to ensure the health and stability of the re-implanted tooth and surrounding teeth.

Why Choose Kennesaw Mountain Dental for Emergency Dental Care

At Kennesaw Mountain Dental, we understand the urgency of dental emergencies and are prepared to provide the immediate care needed to save your tooth. Our experienced dental team is equipped to handle a variety of dental emergencies, including knocked-out teeth. We strive to provide a comforting and supportive environment, especially in times of stress and urgency.

A knocked-out tooth doesn’t always mean a lost tooth. With the right immediate actions and expert care from Kennesaw Mountain Dental, there’s a good chance the tooth can be saved and restored. Remember, in the event of a dental emergency, quick thinking and prompt action can make all the difference.

Posted on Behalf of Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates

1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310,
Kennesaw, GA 30152

Tel: (770) 425-4100

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Thurs: 8am - 3pm, Fri: 7am - 2pm

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1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310,
Kennesaw, GA 30152


Tel: (770) 425-4100

Practice Hours

Mon - Wed: 8am - 5pm
Thurs: 8am - 3pm, Fri: 7am - 2pm