Treatment for Broken or Knocked-Out Teeth
Call 911 if the person:
- Has a serious injury
- Is unconscious
Call 911 if: The person has a serious injury or is unconscious.
A knocked-out permanent tooth is a dental emergency. Knocked-out teeth can be re-implanted in many cases. A permanent tooth that is re-implanted within 30 minutes has the highest chance of success.
1. Collect Teeth or Teeth Fragments
- Handle teeth carefully because damage may prevent re-implantation.
- Touch only the crown, the top part of the tooth. Do not touch the root of the tooth.
- Rinse tooth gently only if necessary. Do not scrub, scrape, or use alcohol to remove dirt.
2. Re-Insert or Store Teeth
- Rinse mouth with warm water.
- If possible, reinsert permanent teeth into the correct sockets and have the person bite on a gauze pad to hold teeth in place.
- If you can't reinsert permanent teeth, or for baby teeth or teeth fragments, store them in whole milk or between your cheek and gum to prevent drying.
3. Treat Symptoms
- Control bleeding with sterile gauze or cloth.
- For pain and swelling, apply a cool compress. Encourage a child to suck on a frozen pop.
- For pain, take ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
4. Get Help
- For teeth that have been knocked out, see a dentist or go to an emergency room immediately. Take the teeth or teeth fragments with you. Even if the teeth have been successfully reinserted, you should see a dentist.
- For chipped or broken teeth, call a dentist.