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Knocked out tooth (avulsion)

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