A knocked-out tooth is considered a serious dental emergency! Even if youre not experiencing too much pain, its important that you get yourself to the dentists office right awayif its after hours, contact your nearest urgent care facility.
The very first thing you should do if you dislodge a tooth is to find the actual tooth, gently wash off any dirt with water, and avoid touching the root. Try to put the tooth back into its socket, but if it doesnt fit back in on its own, keep it in a glass of milk until you are able to give it to a dental or medical professional. Although this may sounds like a strange way to transport a tooth, cows milk is actually the best liquid to preserve the tooth and maintain the right fluid balance in the root. If you cant find any milk, dont worry: putting the tooth back in your mouth between the gums and cheek will also help the root survive longer. Regardless of which of these three ways you choose to preserve the tooth, its important that you act quickly.
Once you arrive at the dentists office or urgent care facility, your dentist will flush out any debris from the socket and then make every effort to re-implant the tooth if it is still in one piece and the root has been preserved. If he or she is able to do so, the avulsed tooth will be affixed to surrounding teeth with a soft wire, which will hold it in place for at least a few days. Depending on the level of damage done to the tooth, you may need to have a root canal performed right away instead of later on.
Tim Silegy, DDS