How to Handle a Knocked-Out Tooth

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Experiencing a knocked-out tooth can be both painful and alarming. Whether it’s due to an accident, sports injury, or an unexpected fall, knowing the correct steps to take immediately following such an incident is crucial for the possibility of saving the tooth. At Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we emphasize the importance of prompt and proper action in dental emergencies. Here, we outline the essential measures to take if you or someone you know faces the misfortune of a knocked-out tooth, highlighting our commitment to providing emergency dentistry services designed to restore your smile.

Step 1: Act Quickly

Time is of the essence when it comes to saving a knocked-out tooth. Ideally, reimplantation should occur within the hour of the incident. This critical time frame significantly increases the chances of the tooth being successfully reinserted and accepted by the body.

Step 2: Handle the Tooth Correctly

It’s imperative to handle the tooth with care. Pick it up by the crown (the part that is visible in the mouth) and avoid touching the root. If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse it with water. Do not use soap or chemicals, do not scrub the tooth, and avoid drying it with a cloth or tissue.

Step 3: Attempt Reinsertion (If Possible)

If possible, try to reinsert the tooth into its socket. Gently push it in with your fingers, holding it by the crown, or position it above the socket and close your mouth slowly. Do not force the tooth into the socket. If reinsertion isn’t possible, keep the tooth moist at all times.

Step 4: Keep the Tooth Moist

The tooth must remain moist to be viable for reinsertion. If it cannot be placed back into the socket, immerse it in milk, or place it in your mouth next to your cheek. Avoid storing the tooth in water, as this can damage the root cells.

Step 5: Seek Immediate Dental Care

Contact Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry or your nearest emergency dentistry provider immediately. Inform them of the situation so they can prepare for your arrival and provide you with any additional instructions.

Emergency Dentistry at Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Understanding the urgency of dental emergencies, Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers comprehensive emergency dentistry services. Our experienced team is equipped to handle various dental emergencies, including knocked-out teeth, with the compassion and efficiency you need during such stressful times. We strive to provide immediate care to increase the chances of saving your tooth and maintaining your oral health.

Prevention and Protection

While accidents can happen, taking steps to protect your teeth can minimize the risk of them being knocked out. Wearing a mouthguard during sports, avoiding chewing on hard objects, and maintaining regular dental checkups can all contribute to stronger, healthier teeth less susceptible to unexpected injuries.

A knocked-out tooth requires swift and careful handling to maximize the chances of a successful reimplantation. By following these steps and seeking immediate emergency dentistry services at Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, you can significantly improve the odds of preserving your natural tooth and maintaining your beautiful smile. Remember, in the face of dental emergencies, quick action and expert care make all the difference.

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1816 Independence Square, Suite B,
Dunwoody, GA 30338


Tel: (770) 399-9199

Practice Hours

Mon - Thr 7:00am - 4:00pm
Friday Open until 1pm
(on the Fridays we are open)

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