What to do with a knocked-out tooth?

Mouth injuries such as knocked-out teeth can occur from sports-related injuries or other types of accidents.

If the tooth has been partially or completely knocked out, it is important to contact us immediately on 07 3188 9477, or seek dental care as soon as possible – ideally try to see your dentist within 30 minutes.

Follow the first-aid advice below before you reach the dentist:

Knocked Out Tooth

Deciduous (baby) teeth

If your child knocks out a “baby” tooth, remain calm and follow the steps listed below:

  1. Pick up the tooth by the crown only. Do not touch the root of the tooth.
  2. If it is a baby tooth, do not reinsert back into the mouth. If unsure, store the baby tooth in milk or saliva while waiting to see a dentist.
  3. See a dentist imediately.

NOTE: The crown is the part of the tooth visible inside the mouth while the root anchors the tooth to the jawbone and is not normally visible. Depending on your child’s age, the baby tooth may not have much root structure remaining. This is because the root resorbs for the tooth to become loose before falling out.

Permanent (adult) teeth

If you knock out your tooth, remain calm and act quickly:

  1. Pick the tooth up by the crown. Do not touch the root of the tooth.
  2. If dirty, rinse the tooth with milk. If milk is not available, rinse with tap water for only 1-2 seconds.
  3. If possible, insert the tooth back into its socket in the mouth, and gently bite down on a soft cloth or tissue to keep it in place. 
  4. If not able to re-insert the tooth, soak it completely in milk or saliva while waiting to see a dentist. Do not store the tooth in water, or let it dry out.
  5. See a dentist immediately.

NOTE: The crown is the part of the tooth visible inside the mouth while the root anchors the tooth to the jawbone and is not visible normally.

Emergency Dentist Sunnybank Hills

Need an appointment with an emergency dentist now?

If you’re in serious pain now or have a concern about any of the issues listed above, please contact us immediately on 07 3188 9477. Our team at Aperture Dental is passionate about providing the best possible emergency dental care and will book an appointment for you as soon as possible. Our dental clinic is located on Compton Road in Sunnybank Hills and open six days a week, including evenings and Saturdays.

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Information provided on this page is to help you be prepared until you can see an emergency dentist. It is not intended to be a replacement for professional medical advice. In any event of serious dental trauma, you should seek medical attention straight away, and visit the dentist or hospital as soon as possible.