What to Do if a Tooth is Knocked Out

Tooth loss is frightening. It is a common theme in nightmares, and in real life, the consequences of losing your adult teeth are far-reaching. Tooth loss harms your self-esteem, your dignity as a human being, and your wallet.

If you have lost a tooth through injury or accident, there are steps you can take that improve your chances of keeping it.


  • Do not scrub the tooth, no matter how much dirt or blood may be on it.
  • Do not rinse it in any solution that isn’t a saline solution (saline = salt-based)
  • Do not handle the tooth by the root. If you must pick it up to store or place back in your mouth, always handle it by the crown (the top part of the tooth).
  • Do not transport the tooth when it is dry.


1.Pick up the tooth by the crown and gently rinse it in a saline solution. Two popular choices include milk, or water with ¼ teaspoon table salt per quart. This solution can also be used to transport your tooth, too.

2. If you can, pick up the tooth by the crown and place it in the socket where it was, facing the correct direction. Bite down loosely on a soft cloth or gauze to secure it and stop blood loss.

3. Immediately schedule an emergency visit with Dr. Wagner or Dr. Royce. They, will do everything they can to ensure you continue to enjoy the full use of your tooth. If you cannot get to our office in South East Boise, visit the nearest hospital emergency room.

Follow these steps, and you will have the best chances of keeping your tooth even after an injury. It doesn’t have to be a nightmare experience after all.

And if you find yourself in a situation that requires immediate dental help, give our Boise dental office a call and we’ll be sure to help you out!

Phone: (208) 333-9999