If you knock out a tooth – try not to panic. If a tooth is knocked out, try to find the tooth and handle the tooth by the crown only. The crown is the white part of the tooth we see when we smile.
If the tooth is dirty, rinse the tooth with milk or have the patient wash the tooth clean with their saliva. Don’t rinse the tooth with water, or scrape off the dirt. Only touch the tooth by the crown, not the root.
If you can, put the tooth back into the gum as quickly as possible. This gives the tooth best chance of survival. If you don’t feel confident to put the tooth back in the gum, keep the tooth moist by storing in milk or is plastic wrap with some of the patient’s saliva.
You will need to see your dentist as quickly as possible for immediate treatment.
If you have knocked out a “piece” of tooth, not the entire tooth, it is best you also call your dentist for advice immediately. Try to find the piece and keep the tooth in milk.