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Knocked Out Tooth: What Should You Do?

Woman with a toothache

Dental emergencies can be disruptive, painful and quite frightening, especially when they involve a knocked out tooth. If you have suffered a dental-related accident, you should get to a dentist as soon as possible. However, there are also some immediate steps you can take to increase your chances of saving the tooth. Yes, it is possible to save your tooth even if it was completely avulsed or knocked out. Follow these steps after your mouth injury:

Call your dentist immediately
It is important to find a dentist, such as Mitzi Morris, DMD that offers emergency dental care. Getting to the dentist within 30 minutes can be the difference between saving or losing a tooth. While it may be tempting to go to the ER, they are not properly equipped to treat dental injuries. Unless your have severe bleeding or lacerations in your lip, cheeks or gum, head to the dentist instead of the hospital.
Handle with Care
There is a specific way you should hold the tooth that was knocked out. Try to handle it by the crown instead of the root, as you need to preserve the delicate cells of the root to promote bone reattachment.
Gently Clean
There is a large possibility that your tooth fell to the ground if it was knocked out in a trauma. If so, it is best to clean it. However, don’t scrub it and don’t use anything else besides pure water. Gently rinse the tooth with water.
Keep it Moist
It is very important that you do not let your tooth dry out. If it is at all possible, place the tooth back in the socket and hold it there. However, this may be difficult for children. You can also immerse the tooth in milk or saliva. If that is not possible, simply wrapping it in a clean, wet cloth may suffice.
Control Pain & Swelling
If you are suffering from significant pain and swelling around your mouth injury, an ice pack and ibuprofen can help alleviate your discomfort until you get to the dentist. Avoid taking aspirin.

Now that you’ve done all you can to save your tooth, it is time to let your dentist determine whether or not the tooth can be effectively reattached. At Mitzi Morris, DMD, we offer an expansive menu of restorative and cosmetic services. We will do everything we can to save your avulsed tooth. However, if other reconstructive procedures are needed, we are fully equipped to provide them. If your knocked out tooth was a sports-related injury, we are happy to provide a custom athletic mouthguard to save your smile from future trauma.

Posted on behalf of Mitzi D. Morris

1295 Hembree Rd, Suite B202
Roswell, GA 30076

Phone: 678-459-2990

Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C
  • I have never experienced an office so down to earth, so outgoing and so willing to satisfy. If you've grown to dread the dentist then lay down your sword and give this office a shot.

    Marc Mamane

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