Did you know that more than 5 million teeth are knocked out every year? While this can be scary, your tooth isn’t necessarily hopeless. Your knocked out tooth can be re-implanted and last for many years if handled and cared for properly.


The most critical factor in saving your tooth after it has been knocked out, is time! You want to see your dentist or endodontist ideally within 30 minutes, but the tooth can potentially be saved up to an hour after the accident. Quick action and following these simple steps can help save your tooth for many years!

Learn more from the American Dental Association about what to do if you experience a Dental Emergency, like having a tooth knocked out

“What do I Do?!?!”

The first thing you will need to do after your tooth has been knocked out is locate the tooth.


Once you have found it, carefully pick it up by the crown (also known as the chewing surface). Try to avoid touching the tooth on the root surface to avoid any more contamination. Inspect the tooth to ensure that it is in one piece. If the tooth has fractured, it will likely not be savable.

Remove Debris

If the tooth has visible dirt or debris, you will want to gently wash it off with water. It is important that you do not scrub the tooth and avoid touching the root surface. Quickly rinse the tooth until the debris is gone.

Can You Put it Back in the Socket?

Once your tooth is clean and verified that it is in one piece you can re-implant the tooth into the socket (area where the tooth came out). When placing the tooth back into the socket you will want to ensure that it is facing the right direction and gently insert the tooth back into your mouth. You can either hold the tooth in place with your fingers or gently bite down to hold pressure. At this point you will want to see your dentist ASAP.

See Your Dentist ASAP!!

If you cannot re-implant the tooth, you will need to get to your dentist or endodontist ASAP. To transport the tooth, you will either need to place it in your mouth next to your cheek to keep it moist, place it in milk, or in a tooth emergency kit. Never place your tooth in tap water. This is very bad for the tooth.

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LUFF DENTAL Can Help Save Your Tooth

Call your local dentist or endodontist as soon as you have knocked out the tooth to get in ASAP. If you follow these steps there is a good chance your tooth can be saved for years to come. Your dentist will go over long-term complications that could arise from the trauma to the tooth and give you post op instructions for how to care for the tooth.

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