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Mouth injuries that are forceful enough to knock out a
tooth may also damage other teeth or other structures in the mouth or face,
such as the roof of the mouth, gums, lips, or cheeks. A permanent tooth can
sometimes be put back into its socket (reimplanted). The best results occur if
a dentist puts the tooth back in the socket within 30 minutes. Chances of
successful reimplantation are unlikely after 2 hours.
Find the tooth.
2. Rinse the tooth gently with tap
water while holding it by the top of the tooth (crown). Do not rub or
scrub the tooth or touch the root.
the tooth properly for transport to the dentist.
4. Call your dentist immediately to
arrange for your care. If you are unable to talk with your dentist right away,
go to a hospital emergency room immediately. Be sure to take the tooth with
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerDavid Messenger, MD
Current as ofNovember 14, 2014
Current as of:
November 14, 2014
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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