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If you lose a tooth, the first thing you will do is probably panic. There may have been a slip or fall involved or a blow to the mouth. You may be wondering how long you will have to go without a tooth, how bad the damage is, and how soon you can see the dentist.

First, see if you can find the tooth, and if it is broken you should find all of the pieces. Handle the tooth by the crown and avoid touching it by the roots. Rinse it off with cool water. You should rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution, and then try to fit the tooth back into the socket. Don’t try to force it. If you can place the tooth in the socket, hold it in place by gently biting down on it though a clean piece of gauze. If you can’t put it back in the socket, submerge it in milk, your own saliva, or a tooth preserving solution. Or, you can hold it between your cheek and gums until you get to our dentist, Dr. Robert C. Freeman. Your tooth will remain viable for about an hour so you will need to call the office for an emergency appointment as soon as possible. The dentist will secure the tooth in place. If all goes well, the tooth will heal over the next three to eight weeks depending on the level of damage.

If you have experienced a knocked-out tooth in Knoxville, Tennessee, call Robert C. Freeman, DDS at 865-577-7535 so we can see you for an emergency appointment.