Following any type of dental trauma that knocked one of your teeth out, you need to make sure that you properly store that tooth.
If the tooth isn't stored properly, the chances of it being salvageable significantly go down.
You will need to be very careful when you handle the tooth, including only touching the chewing edge of the tooth. You need to rinse the tooth under clean running water, then you need to store it safely.
How to Store a Knocked-Out Tooth Safely
First, you want to make sure the container is clean. It should be glass or plastic, with nothing inside the container. Then, you want to make sure that you fill the container with the right liquid. Ideally, you want to try and fill it with saliva, as this will help protect the tooth a lot.
However, if you are bleeding heavily, that's not a realistic idea. If you can, opt for cold milk. This helps to protect the tooth nearly as well as saliva would. When neither of those is an option, use a bit of cool, clean water.
Put the tooth inside the container with the liquid very gently, as if you damage the root of the tooth, the tooth will have no chance of being saved. Make sure you put the lid on, and bring it with you over to the dentist's office.
If you cannot be seen in the first hour or so after the accident, you may need to go to the emergency room. Otherwise, chances are the tooth will die.
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