First Aid

The length of  time a tooth has been out of the socket is a critical factor in the long-term success of re-implantation After 30 minutes, the success potential begins to decline. However, re-implantation  is still possible after several hours, so the attempt can still be made even if the tooth has been out for an extended period of time.

First aid for tooth loss

If the tooth is loose, even extremely so, but is still attached in any way, leave it in place: do not remove it!

If the tooth is out of its socket completely and unattached, but still in the victim’s mouth, it is best to have the person hold it there, if possible, until we can attempt re-implantation.

If  the tooth is out of the mouth, do not let it dry out. Handle it as little as possible. Do not attempt to disinfect it, to scrub it, or to remove any tissue attached to it.   Call our office at (801) 747-8018 immediately.

If the tooth is recovered from the ground or other soiled area, rinse it off in lukewarm water.  Preserve it in milk until we can examine it.  If milk is not available, lukewarm water will suffice.

Time out of the socket is critical in the long-term success of  tooth re-implantation After 30 minutes, the success potential begins to decline. However, re-implantation  is still possible after several hours; so, the attempt can still be made even if the tooth has been out for a long period.