My child just knocked out a permanent tooth. What do I do?
Locate the missing tooth and hold it by the crown (the part visible in the mouth), not by the root. You may rinse the tooth with water only. DO NOT clean with soap, scrub or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If the tooth is intact, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, place the tooth in a cup of cold milk. If milk is not available, and the patient is old enough, the tooth may also be carried in the patient’s mouth (beside the cheek). The patient must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.