What to do when your tooth gets knocked out? (Knocked out tooth = avulsed tooth)

What to do when your tooth gets knocked out? (Knocked out tooth = avulsed tooth)

REMEMBER: Proper emergency action can save the tooth so that it can be replanted successfully and last for years to come.


1.     Find the tooth. If your tooth got broken try to find all the pieces as they can sometimes be bonded together. 

2.     Very IMPORTANT! Pick up the tooth by the crown (chewing surface). Do not scrape the tooth as you may remove the living tissue on the root. If you want to transport it to your dentist the best would be to store it and keep it moist in a container with your own or someone else’s saliva or milk. Do not let it dry and do not wrap it in a tissue or cling wrap.

3.     You can try to reinsert the tooth into the socket. If you want to do it you should use only water to gently rinse off any dirt. (Do not use soap or chemicals!) Use gentle but firm pressure till the tooth sits in the right position. You can bite on gauze or cotton ball to keep it in that position.

4.     If you are unable to perform step 3 please take your tooth to the nearest dentist as soon as possible and they will do it for you. It's best to see the doctor within 30 minutes; however, it is possible to save a tooth even if it has been outside the mouth for an hour or more.



Can a knocked out tooth be put back in?

When a tooth has been knocked out, the nerves, blood vessels and supporting tissues are damaged, too. The nerves and blood vessels can't be repaired. That is why all avulsed teeth will need a root canal. However, the bone can reattach to the root of the tooth once it's put back into place

Why put a tooth in milk when it falls out?

Milk is a good medium for storing knocked-out teeth because cells from the root surface don't swell up and burst as they do when placed in water.

Can a dentist glue a broken tooth?

Dental Filling or Bonding. If you have chipped off just a small piece of tooth enamel, your dentist may repair the damage with a filling. If the repair is to a front tooth or can be seen when you smile, your dentist will likely use a procedure called bonding, which uses a tooth-colored composite resin.

Can a wobbly tooth heal itself?

But with new technology and expertise, your dentist is more likely than ever to be able to save your loose permanent tooth. Hoping that your tooth will heal on its own is probably not an effective strategy for dealing with a loose permanent tooth.

Can a dead tooth come back to life?

Nanofilm could bring dead teeth back to life. ... While the root canal procedure has a high success rate, it still leaves a dead tooth in the mouth. That could be about to change, however, with scientists reporting development of a nano-sized dental film that may bring diseased teeth back to life.