If appropriate emergency procedures are followed and you bring the tooth to a dentist — ideally within 30 minutes, but even up to an hour or more — it may be possible to save the tooth.
• Find and pick up the tooth by the enamel or top portion of the tooth to prevent damage to the root.
• Handle the tooth as little as possible and do not touch the root surface.
• If dirty, wash gently for 10 seconds under cold running water. Do not scrub, use soap or any other chemicals.
• If possible, replace the tooth into the socket immediately and hold in place with fingers or by gently biting down on it.
• If the tooth cannot be replaced in the socket, keep it moist at all times and do not wrap in a tissue or cloth.
• Transport the tooth to a dentist in an emergency tooth preservation kit, milk, mouth (next to cheek), or if none of these is practical, in clean water with a pinch of salt if possible.
• Get to the dentist as soon as possible. If replanted by a dentist within 15-30 minutes, there is a 90 percent chance the tooth will be retained for life.
• For baby or primary teeth, do not try to place it back into the socket. This could damage the formation of the permanent tooth bud. Seek immediate advice from a dentist.