Knocked-out Teeth

When accidents happen, teeth can sometimes get knocked out completely. If this happens, it is very important to see us immediately.

First make sure that the injured person does not show any signs of head injury, unconsciousness, nausea, headaches, or any other warning signs of a serious injury. The sooner a knocked out tooth is replanted in its socket, the greater the chance of retaining it for life.


  • Replace the tooth into its socket immediately. 

  • Hold the tooth by the crown, ensure that there is no dirt or debris on the root. Wash briefly under water if needed .

  • Gently push the tooth back into its socket.

  • Hold the tooth in place by biting gently on a piece of cloth and call us for an appointment immediately.

  • It is important to keep the tooth root healthy. If the tooth cannot be replaced into its socket, store it in Hanks Balanced Salt Solution (Save-A-Tooth) or milk. If this is not available store the tooth under the lip of the injured person. Scrubbing the root or wrapping it in a tissue will damage the root surface.

Please remember this advice is only for managing knocked-out permanent teeth. If a baby tooth is knocked out, do not try to put it back in its socket, call us for advice and treatment. 

Teeth can commonly get knocked out as a result of sporting injuries. At River Road Dental, we can custom make a protective mouthguard for you. If you have a missing permanent tooth, our dentists can replace your tooth with removable or fixed prosthesis such as a dental bridge or implant.

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