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Act fast to save a knocked out tooth


Unfortunately accidents occur and permanent teeth can be knocked out. It is really important to act fast and know what to do if you are faced with this dental emergency.


Follow these steps if the tooth is completely knocked out.


  1. Locate the tooth and pick it up by the crown. DO NOT touch the root surface.

  2. If dirty, gently rinse the tooth with milk or the injured person's own saliva. DO NOT use bottled or tap water or chemicals and do not scrub, dry or wrap the tooth.

  3. Position the tooth back in the socket, making sure it is facing the right way round. The sooner the tooth is replaced, the best chance it will have to survive.

  4. Once in place hold the tooth by gently biting down on a soft cloth or tissue, or use aluminium foil or your mouthguard to hold it in place.

  5. If you are unable to position the tooth into the socket, keep it moist by placing it in milk or in the injured person's mouth (next to their cheek).

  6. See your nearest dentist ideally within an hour of the accident.


Important! If it’s a baby tooth DO NOT place it back in.


If you require urgent assistance during our operating hours please us on 0754954266.



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