What should I do if my tooth is knocked out?
Your tooth will have the best chance of surviving trauma if you see your dentist within one hour of the incident-so call immediately for an appointment. Handle your displaced tooth by its crown, not by its root. Touching the root of your tooth can damage the cells. Gently rinse your tooth in water to remove dirt. Do not scrub! Then place the clean tooth in your mouth between your cheek and gum to keep it moist. If your child has knocked out a baby tooth, the tooth should not be replanted. However, your child should visit the dentist immediately to ensure no broken pieces of the tooth remain.