Do you find our website to be helpful?
Yes   No

Act Quickly and Do These Things When Your Tooth Gets Knocked Out

Teeth are incredibly strong, but they can get knocked out. It’s important to know that getting a permanent tooth knocked out — whether in a fight, a recreational activity, or just a terrible mishap — is a dental emergency and should be treated as such. More than 5 million teeth are knocked out every year

Getting a tooth knocked out requires immediate attention. Avoid waiting until morning or the next day to deal with it. Teeth are living tissue. Waiting makes successful reattachment less possible. Your best bet is to get to a dentist or emergency department within the first hour of losing a tooth. The sooner, the better.

At A Caring Dental Group in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Benedict Kim is a highly skilled emergency dentist equipped to provide emergency dental care in the event of an unexpected dental issue.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to save your tooth. The goal is to increase the chances of reattachment and possibly avoid the need for a crown, dental implant or bridge. After contacting us, here’s what you should do to increase your chances of keeping your tooth when it gets knocked out.

Locate the tooth

Don’t leave your tooth lying around. Once you locate the tooth, take care to pick it up by the crown (the place where you chew) and avoid handling it by the root (the place where it attaches to your gum). Touching the root can cause damage, making it more difficult for Dr. Kim to successfully reattach the tooth. 

Clean the tooth

If your tooth gets knocked out and lands on the ground, quickly rinse it under warm water to flush away dirt and debris. Avoid using soap and stick to water only. Avoid drying it or rubbing it with a washcloth or towel.

Try returning the tooth to the socket

Because the socket provides blood supply and teeth are living tissue, it’s best to try to return the knocked-out tooth back to its rightful place. But only do this if it goes back easily. Avoid forcing it into the socket. Instead, hold the tooth in place by biting down on it gently or holding it in place with your fingers. 

Keep the tooth moist until you reach the dentist

If the tooth won’t fit back into its socket, it’s important to keep the tooth moist until you get to the dental office. You can do this by holding it between your cheek and gum, or by placing it in a cup of milk.  Avoid using tap water. 

Protecting your teeth

With some simple precautions, you can reduce the risk of chipping, fracturing, or otherwise injuring your teeth. Tips to preserve your teeth and smile include:

For more information on what to do in the case of dental emergencies, call us to make an appointment with Dr. Kim or request an appointment at our in Cleveland, Ohio, office using our online form. 

You Might Also Enjoy...

I'm Nervous About My Upcoming Root Canal

Root canals are notorious for being tooth-saving yet painful procedures. Fortunately, with the newest advances in dentistry, root canals are now painless and can relieve you of your symptoms in no time.

5 Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants are the next best thing to your natural teeth. They look and feel like your natural teeth and provide long-term value. Here are five benefits to replacing your missing teeth with a beautiful dental implant that restores your smile.

Is My Dental Problem an Emergency?

Many dental problems can make you feel miserable, and you shouldn’t try to live with a toothache. But what conditions constitute a true dental emergency? Here are some facts to guide you.

Dental Care and COVID-19: What You Should Know

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted virtually every facet of life for people all over the globe. If you’re wondering what to do about dental care, read on to find out what you need to know to keep yourself safe and your mouth healthy.

Are Dental Implants Painful?

Are you on the fence about dental implants? You might be surprised to learn that patients who choose this permanent dental restoration overwhelmingly say that the process is less painful than other dental procedures.