Tooth Knocked Out: A Dental Emergency

If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, click here to schedule an emergency appointment. In the majority of cases, we can get you in the same day. Choose the sedation dentistry office near you:

Lowry Dental Office, (303) 323-8158, near Alameda and Quebec, in Denver

Highlands Ranch Dental Office, (303) 309-0749, near University Blvd and C-470

Colorado Springs Dental Office, (719) 247-2020, near Powers Blvd and Stetson Hills Blvd

Colorado Springs Dental Office, (719) 247-2350, near Powers Blvd and Carefree Circle

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 that you save it properly.

Here’s how to preserve a tooth that has been knocked out:

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 may 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 the following:
• 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).

In order to schedule an emergency dental appointment for a knocked out tooth, give us a call right away!