Dental Injuries

Knocked-out teeth

An adult tooth that has been knocked out due to an accident could possibly be placed back in the mouth. However, it is important to look after the tooth in the correct manner.

What should I do if I or my child knocks out a tooth?

The tooth needs to be put back in place within an hour (30 minutes is ideal).

  1. Don't touch the root. If the tooth is very dirty, rinse it with milk or tap water 
  2. Hold the tooth by the crown (the part that you can normally see in the mouth) and place it into the socket (hole) 
  3. Bite on a clean handkerchief for 15-20 minutes
  4. Contact the Dental Studio as soon as possible to arrange an emergency appointment. Make sure you inform us that a tooth has been knocked out

What should I do if I can’t put the tooth back into the mouth?

Ideally, keep it in your cheek as it will stay moist in saliva. Otherwise, place the tooth in milk or if this isn’t possible, tap water. See your dentist at the Dental Studio as soon as possible.

What shouldn’t I do?

  • Do not try and place a broken or part of a tooth back into the mouth.
  • Do not clean the tooth with soap or let it dry out.

My mouth is bleeding, what should I do?

  • Fold up a clean handkerchief, place it over the socket (hole) and bite down firmly. The pressure will help to stop the bleeding.
  • Do not take aspirin as this may cause the bleeding to continue.
  • Do not apply anything to the wound (this includes clove oil and Bonjela).

What if it is a baby tooth?

Do not try and place a baby tooth back into the mouth as this may result in infection and damage to the underlying adult tooth.

What can I do to avoid dental injuries?

Your dentist at the Dental Studio can make a mouthguard for you to wear whilst playing sports. This is particularly important for contact sports such as rugby.

Ask us about mouthguards at your next appointment