Do You Know How to Save a Knocked-Out Tooth?

dca-blog_article-24_salvage-your-smile-saved-knocked-tooth

No cosmetic replacement tooth can ever match the beauty or function of a natural one. Your teeth help maintain your facial shape and structure and provide a more natural way of chewing your food. An avulsed or knocked-out tooth is one of the most dreaded dental emergencies. If you don’t act fast, reattachment won’t be possible. A little knowledge can change the future of your smile. If you know how to save a knocked-out tooth, you can enjoy all the benefits of keeping your natural teeth for a lifetime.

How to Save a Knocked-Out Tooth

  1. The first and most important thing to remember is that you need to think and act fast. The first 30 minutes after a tooth is knocked out are critical to its survival.
  2. When you retrieve the tooth, hold it only by its crown. Never touch the tooth root. Doing so greatly reduces the chances of successful reattachment. Don’t try to remove any attached tissues, and never rub or scrub the tooth to remove debris.
  3. If your tooth is dirty, rinse it gently under running water. Don’t use any soap, toothpaste, or chemicals, and don’t try to dry it off, or store it in tissue or cloth.
  4. Try to reinsert the tooth into its socket. You can hold it in place with your fingers or bite down gently. If this isn’t possible, you must keep it moist another way until you can get to your dentist’s office. Preserve it by placing it in a container of milk or water with a little salt added.
  5. Obtain emergency dental care immediately. You may be able to save the tooth if you can see a dentist within the first few hours. For the best results, get to the office within the first hour. Your dentist may refer you to an endodontist for advanced care.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Detroit, call Gentle Dental of Michigan today at (855) 979-3393 or make an appointment.

Gentle Dental offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Detroit. With 8 affiliated practices throughout Michigan, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Gentle Dental of Michigan, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Gentle Dental of Michigan.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
Great experience, the staff and doctor are very professional and provide excellent service.
Renee C.
Dr. Madany and his team are first class. He is a perfectionist and takes great pride in the quality of his work.
William N.
all things are coming out good. the staff is very friendly and helpful. They answer all questions and put you at ease to make you feel as comfortable […]
Tracy K.
The best experience.
Mary H.
Cheryl is always friendly and very professional....love Family Dental
Juanita H.
Fast, professional, no excessive waiting, great value.
Joseph W.
Great job.
Keith L.
I have a great rapport with my hygienist. She is thorough, informative and "doesn't hurt too much." She has a great personality and I trust her work […]
Patricia S.
Pleasant experience would be very hard to find s better place.
Ronald S.
On time and price for service very fair.
John G.
Their service is great!
Kailyn J.
my experience is always excellent and the doctors and staff are always pleasant
Ellen D.
I started going because of the name Gentle Dental and they hold up to the name. I am terrified of dentist mainly because of the pain, but here they […]
Tiara F.
I don't like having dental work but this dentist office is one of best I have been to.
Sharon W.
My family and I love Gentle Dental. My son needed fillings for the first time and the dentist was so good with the injection that he didn't even know […]
Vincent P.
My experience at Gentle Dental was Great. The staff was nice and caring. I came in to get an extraction and the Dr was very gentle and took his time […]
Latasha S.
I have only had my initial visit, but if the rest of my visits are anything like the first one, this will be the first dentist office I have truly […]
Connie B.
This office is great everyone is kind, patient and friendly. The staff goes out of their way to make your appointment great and work with your […]
Jackson Y.
This was the best experience I have ever had with multiple extractions. I would recommend you to anyone and everyone I can! Thank you!
Misty O.
The service is great and everyone is very polite, nice and caring.
Kimberly Y.
I am always at ease no matter what type of dental work im getting done, from extractions to root canal my fears and anxiety are all addressed and […]
Andre Y.
Everyone is helpful and caring.
Loren W.
Thank you for the work that was done on 12-12-2014 I was very very pleased.I appreciate everything.
Donna P.
My visits with the hygienist, Deb are always great.
Linda R.
I was very empresses with the service I recieved. I came in 2 hours early for my appointment, because I got the times confused. Instead of telling me […]
Michael C.
I am always happy with my hygienist/visit, she is very thorough.
Karen H.
Everyone was professional and friendly
Judith F.
I use to go to the dentist office when I was younger & decided to give it a try. I was amaze at the service. It was great & on time... I'm a working […]
Malinda N.
I had my teeth cleaned and had a tooth pulled with no pain. The staff was very plasent.
James G.
Great staff & dentist!
Sarah L.
Dr. Ballani is "awesome" and his staff is professional, talented & compassionate.
Laura O.
I absolutely would recommend your office to everyone. I loved the staff and the doc and the prices are very affordable.
Constance S.
Have been a patient for long time. No problem getting appointments. I appreciate the honesty I receive about work that needs to be done. All options […]
Gary F.
All went well better then I thought
Mary B.
Dr Farber really cares about his patients that was the easiest root canal I've ever had done. I definitely have found me a great dentist. The entire […]
Phillip W.
Third vist everything was great.
Michael K.
Good experience and always friendly staff.
Rylee M.
Terry and the front office staff are always personable. I never feel like just another patient.
Shantinique K.
I got 5 fillings yesterday. I could tell the office was busy, but they didnt rush and remained attentive to my needs.
Nickole F.
Nice office and a great staff
Jeff L.
Wreched morning sickness for six months ruined my teeth. Thanks for fixing and cleaning them. They did a great job.
Susan H.
Everyone at Gentle Dental Bay is great!
Stephanie C.
Both my dentist and dental assisitant were extremely friendly and provided excellent care.
Megan C.
Dr. Farber is the best and the staff is very friendly and helpful.
Marilyn B.
Friendly Staff from Receptionist through Doctor Jim and Check out.
Mark S.
It was painless. The staff are very friendly. The TV makes the time go by faster.
Susan H.
Great work!
Timothy M.
You guys are fantastic! Everyone is super friendly and helpful. I really appreciate that everything was explained to me before surgery and when I […]
Hillary D.
100% completely satisfied! The entire staff makes me feel completely at ease! Both the doctor and the assistant for my procedure were incredible. […]
Jayson M.
All the staff are really friendly and very accommodating, Dr. Ray is great!
Olivia S.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
Learn More

We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

No Insurance? No Worries! See our discounts and offers here

Office Hours
    Get in touch:
    • Phone: (855) 979-3393