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Can a tooth that has been knocked out be put back in?

Posted by Ronel Van Der Spuy on Aug 6, 2017 8:15:10 PM

mouth-1437426_1280.jpgOnly permanent teeth are implanted if they're knocked out. Baby teeth will be replaced with a permanent tooth soon.

Look at your knocked out  tooth, if the tooth has a sharp surface or shiny surface there's a chance that part of the root is still in your jaw, and re-implantation becomes less successful.

For the best chance for your tooth to embed itself back into the gum, your tooth needs to be implanted within 2 hours and you need to follow the following steps:

  • Handle your tooth by the top - do not touch the roots.
  • If your tooth has dirt on, gently rinse your tooth in a bowl of lukewarm tap water for less than 10 seconds.
  • Don't rinse your tooth under running water, because too much pure water could kill the cells on the root surface that help re-attach the tooth.

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