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Knocking out a tooth can be extremely scary, especially if you aren’t sure what to do. However, our Art & Science Family Dentistry team is here to help you successfully handle the situation and improve your oral health. If you’ve knocked out a tooth, you need to stay calm and do the following things:

-Retrieve the tooth: The first thing you need to do is find the tooth. Then, hold it by the crown, which is the section that was visible when it was still in your mouth, and rinse off the root with water if it’s dirty. Please do not scrub the tooth because scrubbing can remove the attached tissue fragments that are needed.

-Try to put the tooth back in place: If possible, try to put the tooth back into its socket. Whatever you do, do not put it back into place the wrong way and never force it into the socket. If putting the tooth into the socket is not possible, keep the tooth in a small container of milk, in a cup of water with a pinch of table salt, or in a product that contains cell growth medium.

-See your dentist: It’s important to see your dentist as soon as possible, especially because the highest chance of you saving your tooth is within 1 hour of it being knocked out of place.

If you need additional help or if these tips fail to improve the situation, please feel free to call 651-739-1894 today and talk to a member of our team. Dr. Kinney, Musser and Kinney is here to help you handle your oral injury in Woodbury, Minnesota, with peace and success!