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What should I do if I lose a permanent tooth?

man grimacing in pain from a broken toothIt doesn’t matter if you lose a tooth or your child gets a tooth knocked out. There’s always a moment of panic and a million questions. What should I do with the tooth? Is there going to be permanent damage? How much is it going to cost to repair the damage? How soon should I see the dentist? What do I do now?

That’s why we’ve put together a list of tips and steps to use when you’re faced with a knocked out or broken tooth.

The “don’ts” of a knocked out or broken tooth

  • Don’t touch the root of the tooth, where the tooth touches the gum.
  • Don’t put the lost tooth in anything except cow’s milk or saltwater.
  • Don’t try to scrub or scrape the tooth (especially the root).
  • Don’t forget to plug the sink before you rinse the tooth (you don’t want to lose it down the drain!).

What to do