It is rare, but it does happen! When a tooth is completely avulsed from the tooth socket. Completely – all in one piece!
Like most emergencies, its important to know what to do to increase the likelihood of the best outcome.
Important: Make sure its a permanent tooth, not a baby tooth. We would only be concerned with replanting permanent teeth.
- Keep the patient calm. Easier said than done!
- Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown (the white part). Avoid touching the root.
- If the tooth is dirty, wash it briefly (10 seconds) under cool running water. Try to encourage the patient or parent to replant the tooth back in the socket. Bite on a something soft to hold it in place. Tissue/paper towel/handkerchief.
- If this is not possible, place the tooth in a suitable storage container, e.g.. a glass of milk, saline solution or have patient spit into container. Avoid water as a storage medium. The tooth can also be transported in the mouth of the patient – inside the cheek if possible. BE CAREFUL, if the patient is too young or doesn’t understand that they cannot swallow the tooth it is much better to use a container.
- Seek emergency dental treatment immediately.
Instructions provided by The Dental Trauma Guide – online resource.