How To Handle Knocked Out Teeth
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Research shows that a tooth left out of its socket for more than 30 minutes has a poor chance of properly healing.
The longer it's out; the worse it is.
- Pick up the tooth by the crown end. If there is debris on the root of the Tooth, gently rinse off the debris with milk (if available) or saliva. Water may be used but is not ideal because it could damage the cells on the tooth root. If water is the only solution available, rinse off the debris quickly and limit the exposure time to water.
- NO NOs: Do NOT scrape the root nor use alcohol, vinegar, peroxide.
- Try to place the tooth back in the socket and bite down gently to keep it in place.
- If unable to reseat, place tooth in container of milk or cloth soaked with milk. If milk is unavailable, substitute saliva.
- You could also "store" tooth in your mouth underneath your tongue. Avoid swallowing the tooth
- Call and go see your dentist right away!