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What to do if your tooth falls out or is knocked out

Updated on March 9, 2011

ANd what to your wondering eyes should appear...but your own tooth, in your hand while your clothes smell like beer

So its happened...your tooth has left its rightful home and is floating in a salty solution in your mouth or even worse is gleaming in the light as you hold it awestruck in your hand.

What do you do?


First off, how did this happen, are you drunk and dumbfounded staring at your tooth as a drunken bruiser approaches ready to continue the beating ?

Are you laying spreadeagle under a hoop as your bashful, uncoordinated friend apologizes up and down about his mistake?

Is your wife laughing uncontrollably as she lifts the hammer for a second blow.

Did you foolishly block the hockey puck with your face? 

IT DOESNT MATTER...Just RUN, get and your tooth have a long life together whatever the situation, evacuate and bring your poor tooth with you!


What to do if your tooth is knocked out
What to do if your tooth is knocked out

Is it worth saving?

Think about it, maybe just maybe you dont want to save this tooth.

Maybe, you should celebrate, chicks dig scars right? Whats sexier than a missing tooth...its proof your a warrior!

Instead of paying thousands of dollars in emergency surgery and dental work, maybe you should forget about the tooth.

Start chewing tobacco, practice can spit way more accurate and much farther than the others with their mouths brimming with teeth, the fools, they wont stand a chance against your suave spitting techniques.

How do you replace a missing tooth, thats right baby, with GOLD...get that gold tooth you always wanted, youll be cooler than 50 cent and Vanilla Ice mixed together...hell get drunk and convince your friends to knock out more teeth, why?...more gold baby...can you dig it.

Think about it, now you will always have a place to hold your straw, something to do with your tongue, a way to lock your cigarettes in place, this is a blessing...rejoice, throw that filthy tooth away, stop whining and go get a drink, you stud you. 

So you decide you want to keep it

So you want to keep it, first aid tips.

  • Touch the tooth as little as possible and only by the crown (the part you chew with)
  • Clean the tooth with milk or if possible your own saliva
  • Try to place the tooth back into cavity, bite down on gauze or a tea bag to hold in place.
  • Get to medical assistance immediately, time is of the essence to ensure successful reimplantation.
  • If you cant place tooth back in socket, place tooth in a container with milk or your own saliva...the blood thats pouring out of your mouth could probably be used in a pinch to, you could also keep teh tooth in your mouth to protect it
  • Please Dont swallow it 



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    • Silver Poet profile image

      Silver Poet 6 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      Definitely unique. Good advice. :)

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      ford 7 years ago

      save the bit that fell out. put denture paste on the broken off tooth inside your mouth to seal it up right away. encapsulate the broken off bit of tooth, like it says above, in your saliva or milk, to keep bacteria on it. a black tea bag will seal any cuts inside your mouth. make an appointment right away with your dentist. he or she can re-glue the broken off bit. if your entire tooth has come out, including the roots, then it cannot be saved and may have fallen out due to decay. if this is the case, an oral surgeon is usually best. they will need to seal up the hole where the tooth was and prep it for an implant.

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      Jenn 7 years ago from Florida

      Great Hub. It was quite funny. I did not know that they could actually put the same tooth back in. I thought that once it was out, you had to get a fake one. Hey you learn something new everyday.

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      frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

      Uck you are right though! And I had this happen with my small daughter, then again with a nearly grown one! Thanks for reminders!

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      Ben Zoltak 8 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      This reminds me of when my little brother knocked his tooth out jumping over a picnic table when he was a kid. They put it back in at the hospital and a week later while wrestling and goofing with a bunch of friends, one of them kneed him in the mouth and knocked it out again. They went back but the hospital said it wouldn't take, you only get one shot apparently!

      Great article, I like your sense of humor Sunforged!


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      sunforged 8 years ago from

      Thanks, i was trying to force myself to write outside my normal topics and since Im trained in first aid and other resources I saw, were wrong!...i figured I would set the record straight

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      glassvisage 9 years ago from Northern California

      Wow! You took my request and went running with it! This is a great review... I didn't know a Hub about teeth could be so funny! Can't say I'd considered the benefits of losing a tooth :)