If a tooth is avulsed, make sure it is a permanent tooth. Primary (baby teeth) should not be replanted)
- Keep the patient calm. Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown (the white part). Avoid touching the root.
- If the tooth is dirty, wash it briefly (10 seconds) under cold running water and re-position it. Try to encourage the patient / parent to replant the tooth. Bite on a handkerchief or paper towel to hold it in position.
- If this is not possible, place the tooth in a suitable storage medium, e.g. a glass of milk medium or saline. The tooth can also be transported in the mouth, keeping it between the molars and the inside of the cheek. If the patient is very young, he/she could swallow the tooth- therefore it is advisable to get the patient to spit in a container and place the tooth in it. Avoid storage in water!
- Seek emergency dental treatment immediately.