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How To Save Knocked-Out Tooth - Lollapalooza Edition

According to American Dental Association, every year about five million teeth are knocked. And today, on the second day of Lollapalooza we we wondering, how many people have an accident and knock out their teeth during music festivals, like Lollapalooza? Accidents do happen, especially when alcohol is involved. That's why we wanted to recap with you on what to do in case of a knocked out tooth during Lollapalooza.


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.

Use drinking water to gently wash away any dirt. Do not use soap or chemicals. Don’t scrub, dry or wrap the tooth in a tissue or cloth.

3. Place the tooth back in the socket immediately, if possible.

As soon as you can, try to put the tooth back into its socket. Take it by the crown and gently push the tooth with your fingers. Try closing your mouth slowly and keep it closed to keep the tooth in place.

4. Keep the tooth moist.

You must make sure that the tooth stays moist at all times. Placing it back in your socket is the best option. If it can’t be done, put it in milk or in your mouth next to your cheek. Again, do not use tap water; surface cells of the root can’t tolerate treated water prolonged period of time.

5. Visit an endodontist or family dentist within the next hour/ as soon as pos