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How To Save a Knocked-Out Tooth

Updated: Jul 30, 2021

According to American Dental Association, every year about five million teeth are knocked. It can happen during contact sports or due to an accident. In 2020 cycling and commuting on bicycle is on the rise, especially because of Covid-19, public sharing bikes are so widely available (read Divvy electric bikes come to Chicago) and we think it’s especially important to cover this topic now. So if you are a Divvy user, enjoy recreational biking or just want to be prepared, read on.


In medical terms, knocked out tooth is called “avulsed” (dental avulsion) and means complete displacement of a tooth from its socket. However, it does not necessarily mean that the tooth is lost for good. It is important to know what to do if you hit your tooth, because proper emergency action can save the tooth. After reading this article you will know what to do so that it can be replanted successfully and last for years to come.

What Happens To The Tooth When It’s Knocked Out?

When a tooth gets knocked out, it damages the nerves, blood vessels and supporting tissues. Unfortunately, this damages not reversible in the nerves and blood vessels. This means that all avulsed teeth will require a root canal treatment. The good news? The bone has ability to reattach to the root once it’s put back into place correctly!

What To Do With a Knocked Out Tooth?

If we could tell you only one thing: Act quickly and call us for emergency appointment.

Please review and remember these 5 tooth-saving steps:

1. You should pick up the tooth by the the chewing surface (crown) . DO NOT touch the root.

As soon as possible locate the tooth and handle it carefully until you get to the dental office. Never touch the root of the tooth, only the crown.

2. If the tooth was on the ground and is dirty, gently rinse the it with milk or drinking water.