Gulf Shore Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
Dr. Andrew Haidet, DMD

My tooth was knocked out. What should I do?

If your tooth was knocked out as a result of injury to your head or jaw, call 911 or go to an emergency room immediately. Otherwise you should contact our office any time. You can reach us by phone 24 hours a day. Until you can get to our office in Naples, one of the most important things to avoid is touching the root of the tooth. The root has tissue attached to it that must be kept intact if we are to try to save the tooth.

It is important to get to our office quickly because the faster we can we can treat you, the better our odds are of saving the tooth. To protect the root from any further damage, hold the crown of the tooth gently, and rinse very carefully in water. Do not try to scrub the tooth because it is important to protect the root and tooth by keeping it intact.

If possible, gently try to insert the root of the tooth back in its socket. Besides preventing further damage to the root, it is very important to make sure that the root does not dry out before you can get to our office. If you are unable to replace the root in the socket, place the tooth in a cup of water or milk to keep it wet. 

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