A  tooth that is knocked out can sometimes be re-implanted. In most cases, only permanent or adult teeth are re-implanted into the mouth. Baby teeth are usually left out. Tooth accidents are commonly caused by accidental falls, sports-related trauma, fighting, car accidents, biting on hard food.

Save any tooth that has been knocked out. Bring it to the dentist as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the less chance there is for the dentist to fix it. Hold the tooth only by the crown (chewing edge).

You can take the tooth to the dentist by following one of these tips:

  • Try to place the tooth back in the mouth where it fell out, so it is level with other teeth. Bite down gently on gauze or a wet tea bag to help keep it in place. Be careful not to swallow the tooth.
  • If the above step cannot be done, place the tooth in a container and cover with a small amount of whole milk or saliva.
  • The tooth can also be carried between lower lip and lower gum or under the tongue.

Also follow these steps:

  • Apply a cold compress to the mouth and gums for pain.
  • Apply direct pressure using gauze to control bleeding.
  • Seek advice from the dentist right away.

If your tooth is badly broken, your nerve endings may be exposed. You will need immediate dental help to avoid infection and pain.

  • Do not handle the roots of the tooth. Handle only the chewing edge — the crown portion of the tooth.
  • Do not scrape the root of the tooth to remove dirt.
  • Do not brush or clean the tooth with alcohol or peroxide.

Immediately contact the dentist when a tooth is knocked out. If you can find the tooth, bring it with you to your appointment.

If you cannot close your upper and lower teeth together, your jaw may be broken. This will require immediate medical help at hospital.