In the United
States approximately one to three million permanent teeth accidentally
knocked out each year.
Use of a properly fitted
mouth guard can dramatically
reduce traumatic injury to your teeth.
emergency action, a tooth that has been knocked out of its socket can be
successfully replanted and last for years. To have the best chance for
success you should be prepared to know what to do if this happens to you
or someone with you. The key is to act quickly, calmly, and follow these
1. Locate the
tooth immediately; do not leave it at the site of the accident. Pick it
up by the crown (the chewing surface) not the root. At all times the
tooth should be handled carefully - touch only the crown - to minimize
injury to the root of the tooth.
2. Do not handle
the root surface of the tooth.
Do not use soap or chemicals,
only plain water or milk.
Do not scrub the tooth.
Do not dry the tooth, make sure
the tooth is kept moist.
Do not wrap it in a tissue or
3. If possible,
reposition the tooth in socket at once. The sooner the tooth is
replaced, the greater the likelihood it will survive. To reinsert the
tooth, carefully push the tooth into the socket with fingers, or
position above the socket and close mouth slowly. Hold the tooth in
place with fingers or by gently biting down on it.
4. If you cannot
replace the tooth it is vital to keep tooth moist at all times. The
tooth must not be left outside the mouth to dry. If it cannot be
replaced on the socket, put it in one of the following:
tooth preservation kit
c) Mouth (next
d) If none of
these is practical, use water (with pinch of salt if possible).
5. See a dentist
as soon as possible. Bring the tooth to a dentist or Endodontist as
soon as possible - ideally within 30 minutes. However, it is possible to
save the tooth even if it has been outside the mouth for an hour or
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