Can You Save A Knocked Out Tooth?

Every year, more than 5 million knocked-out teeth are reported among children and adults. A knocked-out tooth is referred to as an avulsed tooth by dentists. If you lose a tooth as a result of an accident or injury, it does not always imply it is gone forever. Taking the appropriate measures and receiving excellent emergency treatment can save the tooth, allowing it to be properly transplanted and endure for years to come. Check out what to do if you have a tooth knocked out and how to save it.

What Is A Knocked-Out Tooth?

A tooth can be knocked out by a punch to the mouth or facial trauma. This can occur, for example, while participating in contact sports. If you take the appropriate steps as soon as possible, the tooth can be properly reinstalled in the socket. Taking the appropriate measures and receiving excellent emergency treatment can save the tooth, allowing it to be properly transplanted and endure for years to come.

What Happens When A Tooth Gets Knocked Out?

The nerves, blood vessels, and supporting tissues are all injured when a tooth is knocked out. Because it is difficult to restore the blood vessels and nerves, all avulsed teeth will require a root canal. As soon as the bone is replaced, it will rejoin the tooth root. The likelihood of salvaging a tooth is extremely great in children. While saving an adult tooth is more difficult, it is not impossible. It is critical to highlight that infant teeth should not be repositioned in the mouth. Only permanent teeth should be returned to the mouth whenever feasible.

What To Do When A Tooth Gets Knocked Out

The following are some pointers to bear in mind if such a circumstance arises unexpectedly.

-If your tooth gets knocked out, first fold a clean handkerchief, then place it over the socket and bite down. To apply pressure, keep your jaws together. If you need something to relieve pain, avoid using aspirin-containing medications since they can exacerbate the bleeding. Apply no clove oil to the wound.

-Don’t go near the root. Rinse the teeth with milk or tap water if it is really filthy. Do not use a disinfectant or allow it to dry.

-Hold the tooth by the crown and firmly insert it into the socket, root first. For around 15 to 20 minutes, chew on a clean handkerchief. Make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

-If an adult tooth is knocked out, attempt to replace it and see a dentist right away. Do not attempt to reinsert a baby tooth; instead, take your kid to the dentist right away. If you are unable to reposition an adult tooth, place it in milk and contact your regular dental practitioner.

Can A Knocked Out Tooth Be Saved?

Adult teeth that have been knocked out can typically be preserved by placing them back in place or in milk as soon as possible before consulting a dentist. If the tooth is returned to its socket within five minutes of being knocked out, it has a good chance of survival. As long as the tooth is correctly preserved, there is an excellent survival rate between five and 60 minutes.

To increase your chances of preserving your tooth, consider the following:

-Handle the tooth cautiously, avoid touching the root, as it is easily damaged.

-If the tooth is unclean, rinse it with milk while holding it by the crown. If no milk is available, rinse it with water. Wipe it off with a paper towel, not a washcloth or another fabric. This might cause dental damage.

-Maintain the tooth’s moisture. Put it in a glass of milk. If you can’t accomplish this, insert the tooth between your cheek and gum. A young kid may be unable to “store” the tooth safely in their mouth without swallowing it. Instead, instruct the youngster to spit into a cup. Fill the cup with saliva and place the tooth in it. If nothing else works, put the tooth in a cup of water. The main thing is to keep the tooth wet.

-Try reinserting the tooth into its socket. It will almost always find its way in. Check that it is pointing in the appropriate direction. Try not to push it into the socket. If it does not return readily and without pressure, keep it wet (in milk, saliva, or water) and come to the dentist as soon as possible.

Can You Put A Tooth Back In If It Falls Out?

The dentist could be able to replace the tooth after it has fallen out. However, the individual circumstances of your accident dictate whether the dentist may reinsert the natural tooth or if an artificial tooth must be placed in the vacant spot. What matters most is that you get the tooth to the dentist as soon as possible. The dentist will do everything possible to replace the tooth in its socket. You should take the tooth to the dentist within an hour of the accident.

What Happens If The Knocked-Out Tooth Is A Baby’s?

Losing baby teeth is a natural part of growing up, but losing them too soon due to an accident or injury can be problematic. When baby teeth are driven into the gum, they might harm the permanent teeth beneath them. If your kid loses a baby tooth, locate the tooth if possible. Bring the tooth with you to the dentist as soon as possible. If you are unable to locate the tooth, it may be lodged in your child’s mouth. Your dentist can look for it and check for additional injuries via an X-ray.


A knocked-out tooth is a serious situation that must be avoided at all costs. It is your obligation to contact your dentist as soon as your tooth becomes loose. Make an appointment with your dentist within an hour of this unfortunate accident. In certain circumstances, reinsertion of the tooth is a rather simple procedure. This relocation will be challenging in other scenarios. If the tooth or bone breaks, the dentist will have to work significantly harder to preserve it. Before replacing the tooth, this oral health expert will wash the dirt from the socket with water.

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