What to do if your tooth gets knocked out

If your teeth get knocked out, there is a chance that they can be put back in by a dentist. Follow these steps:

Hold the tooth by the part usually visible in the mouth, not by the root. Don't scrub the tooth or place it in disinfectant. 
If the tooth is clean, hold it by the white part (the bit that is usually visible) and, making sure it's the right way round, gently push it back into its socket.

If the tooth is dirty, rinse it in milk or cold water before gently pushing it back into place. 
Hold the tooth in place by biting on a handkerchief and go to the dentist immediately for advice. 

If you can not put the tooth back in:

Place it in a cup of milk or, if not available, keep the tooth in the mouth between the cheeks and gums (caution should be taken with younger patients)
Don't let the tooth become dry and don't put it in disinfectant. 
Go to your dentist immediately. If this isn't possible, contact the out of hours dental emergency service. Details of this can be obtained from our practice answer phone.