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Can You Put a Knocked-Out Tooth in Its Socket Yourself?

March 4, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — myavenue @ 3:56 pm
friends playing basketball who will need to put a knocked-out tooth in its socket

During a game of basketball between friends, you and another player accidentally run into each other. You realize a tooth has been knocked out, and you start to panic! Try to stay calm and call your dentist right away. You need to get over to their office as soon as possible, but what should you do with that tooth in the meantime? Do you hold it in your hand? Do you try to put it back in your mouth?

Here is some guidance for this stressful dental emergency and how you can put a knocked-out tooth in its socket yourself.

Before Trying to Put the Tooth Back in the Socket

To have the best chances of success, you need to act quickly but carefully. When you handle the tooth, make sure you only touch the crown, the part that is usually visible above the gumline. If there’s dirt on the root, you may gently rinse it with water.

At that point, you can insert the tooth back where it belongs by carefully pushing it into place with your finger. To keep the tooth in position, you may need to bite down gently.

After Putting the Tooth in the Socket

Even if you able to get the tooth in the socket, you still must go to the dentist’s office immediately. The tooth needs to be stabilized with an appliance called a splint. Basically, a splint attaches the knocked-out tooth to the surrounding teeth, keeping it steady until the gums and jawbone can reattach.

If You Can’t Do It

There’s no way around it—getting the tooth in the socket isn’t necessarily a pleasant experience. For some, it can be too painful or stressful. If this the case for you, you need to keep the tooth moist until you get to the dentist’s office. You can accomplish this by just putting it in a small container or bag of milk. Or you can simply hold the tooth in your mouth between your cheek and teeth.

Remember This . . .

While your dentist will certainly do their best to salvage your real tooth, you need to bear in mind that, in some situations, it may be better to replace the tooth with a dental implant or bridge. For instance, the tooth could be too badly damaged, or you got to the office after an hour following the injury.

In the end, it’s a good idea to at least try to put the tooth in the socket after it’s knocked out. Taking care of this step yourself can increase the odds of saving your tooth and get you ready to go back out onto the basketball court!

About the Practice

At Avenue Dental, we are available to help patients who experience dental emergencies like a knocked-out tooth. With more than 40 years of clinical expertise between them, Dr. Joyce Wong and Dr. Stella Caballero can perform various treatments to resolve whatever problems come up. If you have a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact one of Avenue Dental’s locations in Austin or online here.

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