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Saving A Knock-Out Tooth?

One of the most common dental emergencies is the loss of teeth due to trauma. When a tooth is knocked out, time is the enemy. If a dentist is seen within one hour after an accident, chances are good that the tooth can be re-implanted and saved.

If your tooth is knocked out, remember to:

1. Carefully rinse the tooth in water. Make sure that you do not touch the root of the tooth with your hands. The root is the portion of the tooth embedded in the gum and not normally seen.

2. Attempt to place the tooth back in its socket and secure with a wet wrap. If this is not possible or if you are afraid that you may swallow the tooth, place it in a glass containing either saliva or milk.

3. See your dentist immediately.

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