How to Deal with a Knocked-Out Tooth

A childhood visit from the tooth fairy is one thing, but having a permanent tooth knocked out is another, distinctly less enjoyable affair. Act fast and it could be a temporary one.

You will need

  • Sterile gauze pads
  • Cup
  • Water
  • Moistened tea bag
  • Whole milk

Step 1 Find tooth Find your tooth—or piece of tooth—as quickly as possible.

Step 2 Pick up by tip Pick it up by the tip only—not the roots.

Step 3 Apply gauze Apply sterile gauze to the socket where the tooth was knocked out to staunch the bleeding.

Step 4 Gently rinse tooth Gently rinse the tooth in a cup of water.

Step 5 Place tooth in socket Place the tooth back into its socket.

Step 6 Place gauze pad Place a gauze pad or a moistened tea bag over the tooth, between the bottom and upper teeth, and very gently close your mouth to hold it in place.

Step 7 Seek emergency care Seek emergency care immediately. If you cannot get to a dentist right away, go to a hospital emergency room—and don’t forget the tooth!