Tooth Knocked Out: A Dental Emergency

In February, new patients get free sedation. Call (303) 323-8149 to find out more information.

If you’ve knocked out a tooth, please call our office immediately! For most types of dental emergencies, including lost, cracked, or broken teeth, we can most likely get you in the same day.

If your tooth has been knocked out, we may be able to re-implant it in its natural socket, provided you save it properly.

Here’s how to preserve a knocked out tooth:

Step 1: Find the knocked out tooth and be sure to handle it by the top, not the roots.

Step 2: Gently rinse the tooth with water, but don’t scrub it or put antiseptic on it.

Step 3: If you can, gently insert the tooth back in its socket. If you can’t place the tooth in the socket, keep it in your mouth, to keep it moist. Or, if you have milk handy, put it in a glass of milk.

Step 4: Come into our office immediately, the sooner the better. We might be able to splint the loose tooth or wire it into place so that it survives.

Children are the ones who are the most likely to have a tooth knocked out, because of their “rough and tumble” play habits. But adults can loose teeth as well.

The most common causes of knocked out teeth include:
• auto accidents
• slip and fall accidents
• fighting
• contact sports (hockey, football, rugby)
• soccer
• baseball
• basketball
• skiing
• snowboarding
• mountain biking

If you’re scared to visit the dentist, you could benefit from one of the types of sedation we offer: laughing gas, conscious sedation, or general anesthesia (IV sedation dentistry).

To schedule an emergency dental appointment for a knocked out tooth, please contact our office, (303) 323-8149, or e-mail us at

Please note: We do accept most types of dental insurance, and we also offer no-interest dental financing for up to 2 years. Our dental office is located in Lone Tree, between Park Meadows Mall and Highlands Ranch.