What to Do with a Knocked-Out Tooth

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Whether you got it knocked out during an intense basketball game, or you tripped and hit the sidewalk particularly hard, a knocked-out tooth presents a lot of questions. Like, what do you do with it? And can you get it put back in?

There are a few different options you have to deal with your knocked-out teeth. Dr. David Solomon, Dr. Joseph Solomon, and Dr. Jared at Solomon & Wright Associates, P.C. in Melrose, Massachusetts can help you make a decision if you’re ever in this position. But we also want to give you the tools you need to understand your options. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what you should do with a knocked-out tooth.

Keep it in milk
If your knocked-out tooth can be recovered, you’re probably wondering what to do with it while waiting to see a dentist. You have a few options, but a great one is to put the tooth in milk. The calcium in milk helps the tooth stay alive, keeping it viable to be reinserted in your gums. If you can’t access milk, keeping the tooth in your mouth is a good idea as well. Your saliva has certain properties that help keep a knocked-out tooth alive. Just don’t swallow it!

See a dentist immediately
You’ll want to call an after-hours dental clinic if you knock your tooth out in the evenings. Otherwise, you’ll want to call us immediately to inform us of the situation. It’s important that you come see a dentist immediately after getting a tooth knocked out. If you wait any longer, it’s unlikely the tooth will be able to be reinserted

If you have any other questions about the process, please give us a call at 781-665-5222.