Saving a Lost Tooth After an Accident

Photo: Woman comforting a childLosing a permanent tooth can be traumatic for anyone; however, knowing what to do should it happen may enable you to save the tooth.

The clock starts ticking from the moment the tooth is lost. The tooth has the best chance for survival if it is re-implanted as soon as possible, preferably within 5 minutes.
 

  • Start looking for the missing tooth immediately. Once found, rinse the tooth with water, but do not scrub it.
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  • Next and if possible, gently re-implant the tooth into its socket prior to rushing to our office or hospital. If you’re too nervous to re-implant it, transport the tooth in water or milk.
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  • If the patient is age-appropriate and is thinking clearly, the preferred option is to put it in the patient’s mouth between the gum and cheek (the preferred option).
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  • And lastly, contact our Torrance office or medical facility en route to ensure a doctor is ready to treat the oral trauma.


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