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There’s a misconception among some people that if you have a tooth knocked out of your mouth, that you won’t be able to ever get that tooth back in there.

While that’s certainly true if you lose the tooth completely, the truth is that there are a lot of ways to keep the tooth viable for reinsertion. You just need to make sure that you get to see Dr. Steven Rodriguez & Associates at Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Lansing in Lansing, Michigan as quickly as possible – like, within an hour of losing the tooth – if you want to have it go back in.

Here are a few tips for your in case you find yourself in that situation anytime soon.

Keep it in milk
If your knocked-out tooth can be recovered, you’re probably wondering what to do with it while waiting to see a dentist. You have a few options, but a great one is to put the tooth in milk. The calcium in milk helps the tooth stay alive, keeping it viable to be reinserted in your gums. If you can’t access milk, keeping the tooth in your mouth is a good idea as well. Your saliva has certain properties that help keep a knocked-out tooth alive. Just don’t swallow it!

See a dentist immediately
You’ll want to call an after-hours dental clinic if you knock your tooth out in the evenings. Otherwise, you’ll want to call us immediately to inform us of the situation. It’s important that you come see a dentist immediately after getting a tooth knocked out. If you wait any longer, it’s unlikely the tooth will be able to be reinserted

If you have any other questions about the process, please give us a call at 517-333-3160.