My tooth has been knocked out what should I do?

Primary or Baby tooth – Often, this happens when the tooth is ready to come out naturally anyway, and there is no need to worry.  If it is knocked out before it is due to come out, then there is little that can be done, as the adult tooth is directly below the surface.

Secondary tooth or Adult tooth – To save the tooth it must be re implanted as soon as possible (2 hours is the outer limit for survival). Right away is best. During normal surgery hours please phone the practice immediately.

Out of hours please go straight to an Accident and Emergency department.

First Aid Advice:

If more than 30 minutes away from dental or medical care replace the tooth in the socket before coming in, use the following technique:

Rinse off the tooth with saliva or water (do not scrub it).

Replace it in the socket facing the correct way.

Press down on the tooth with your thumb until the crown is level with the adjacent tooth.

Have your child bite down on a wad of cloth to stabilize the tooth until you can reach your dentist.

If unable to put the tooth back in its socket, follow these instructions:

It is very important to keep the tooth moist. Do not let it dry out.

2 options-

  • Transport the tooth in milk ( preferred option) – Place tooth in a small plastic bag or container  with some cold milk.
  • If the child is over 12 years of age, put the tooth inside the child’s mouth, ideally between the cheek and the tooth. (Be careful not to swallow it)


My crown has come out?

If it is not broken and locates well then it can be put back in temporarily using the temporary dental cement available from the larger chemists.

If you are out and about then chewing gum can also help – soften it well by chewing, then put inside the crown a place over the tooth.

Both the temporary cement and chewing gum are easy for us to remove, and will not cause any damage to the tooth.

However if the crown does not locate well then there is a risk that it can be swallowed, so do not put it over the tooth. Store it in a safe place such as an envelope or small container and book an appointment to see one of our dentists as soon as possible. 

My gums are really sore?

In most cases, this is caused by not cleaning well enough, and leaving plaque behind, which can happen occasionally, no matter how well you clean regularly.

Sometimes, it can be caused by trauma from some hard food.

In both cases, the gum needs to be kept very clean of plaque, and should start to improve. Even if the gum is sore and it is bleeding gradually and gently clean as much plaque as possible. If there is plaque present, then it will hinder the gum from healing.

Corsodyl  gel can help, only if applied to a clean gum, so make sure that as much plaque as possible is removed first.