FAQ > Dental Emergencies > My child knocked out their tooth! What should I do?

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Baby tooth

If your child knocks out one of their baby teeth, we cannot replace the tooth.  Just stop the bleeding by having them bite on a damp paper towel or washcloth with pressure, save the tooth, and call us to schedule an appointment to evaluate.

 

Permanent Tooth

If your child knocks out one of their permanent teeth, gently pick up the tooth by the crown (not the root), and place the tooth in a cup or zippie bag of milk. If milk is not available, place the tooth in a cup or zippie bag with some saliva. If you don't have a container available, have your child keep the tooth in their mouth next to their cheek, but be careful they don't swallow it!   The key is to not let the tooth dry out, and don't try to clean or scrub the root.   

If the tooth is only partially knocked out, try to push the tooth back into place in the socket. 

Sometimes a knocked out permanent tooth can be saved, and sometimes it can't  It depends on the age of your child, and the condition of the root. 

Most importantly, call your dentist immediately!  The sooner the tooth is replaced, the better outcome for that tooth.