As dentists we deal with tooth trauma every day, but our patients are not so seasoned.
So it is understandable that, when they DO have an emergency — like someone knocks out a tooth — they forget what to do in that urgent time of need.
Over the years spent treating patients and trying to save their avulsed teeth, I have realized that the very important steps of what to do when you knock out a tooth needs to be shouted from the hilltops!
My mission is to spread this information to EVERY parent, EVERY school nurse, and EVERY emergency room! And I could really use your help getting the message out there.
I created this handy infographic that walks a patient through the steps to take when that “uh-oh” happens.
I’ve used it in my own practice, and liberally share it wherever I can in my community.
I invite you to download it and use it, too! You can boost your patients’ experience, and hand it out during consultations. Download it and post on your social media channels, and then print one to go over when you’re face-to-face with patients (and especially parents!).
Help me with my mission to spread the word! As a dentist you have the power to save teeth!
Tooth Trauma Steps for Patients
Step 1: Find the tooth! Chances are, you have noticed your tooth falling out right away.
Step 2: Pick up the tooth by the CROWN. Do NOT touch the root of the tooth.
Step 3: If the root looks dirty, rinse ONLY with Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution, (it’s proven to be the best, hands down!). If you don’t have any, alternatives are saline solutions or milk (low-fat milk is best, but any milk will do). Do NOT use water.
Step 4: Try to put your tooth back in its socket. If you are having a hard time getting the tooth to stay in the socket, you can soak it in Hank’s again (see step 3), or use a sterile saline solution or milk.
Step 5: Hold the tooth in place with gauze or a clean washcloth.
Step 6: TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE! The chances of saving your tooth are greater if you can get the tooth back in the socket within ONE hour!
Step 7: Bypass the emergency room and get to a dentist as soon as possible! And don’t forget to bring your tooth!
You can add your branding to it and give it to your patients, or print it large. Sharing is caring!
Tell me in the comments below how you’re using the guide!