About knocked out or avulsed permanent teeth:
If an adult, permanent tooth is knocked out, call our office immediately.
Take the following actions to try to save the tooth:
- Find the tooth and handle it by the crown (not the root).
- If necessary, rinse the tooth with milk, but do not scrub the root.
- Without touching the root, try to re-insert the tooth into the socket.
- If the tooth cannot be re-inserted, submerge it in a cup of milk and bring it with you to our office.
After Dr. Evan re-inserts the knocked-out tooth and stabilizes it, your child will need follow-up evaluations for 2-3 years. Even if you follow all of the above steps, and the tooth is replaced in a timely manner, we cannot guarantee a successful outcome. It is important to monitor the tooth for potential infections, and to call our office if an infection is suspected.
If a baby tooth is knocked out, take the following actions:
- Do NOT re-insert the tooth.
- Have your child rinse with a chlorhexidine oral rinse.
- You may give your child children’s acetaminophen (Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (Motrin®) if he or he is in pain.
- Visit your pediatrician within 48 hours for a tetanus consultation.
Visit an emergency room immediately if any of the following symptoms are present:
- Chills, fever, or vomiting
- Any facial swelling
- Difficulty walking or change in gait
- Severe increase in swelling or pain
- Inability to swallow or keep liquids down
- Bleeding that does not stop even after continued pressure for 20 minutes