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First Aid for Traumatic Tooth Loss

Last updated March 4, 2018

Approved by: Maulik P. Purohit MD MPH

A Tooth Loss occurs is when the tooth falls out of its original position in the gum line, due to a traumatic injury or massive tooth decay.


What is Traumatic Tooth Loss?

A Traumatic Tooth Loss occurs when the tooth falls out of its original position in the gum line, due to a traumatic injury or massive tooth decay.

What are the Causes of Traumatic Tooth Loss?

The cause of Traumatic Tooth Loss may include:

  • Contact sports
  • Traumatic injury or accident
  • Domestic violence, street fights
  • Tooth decay

What are the Signs and Symptoms of Traumatic Tooth Loss?

The signs and symptoms of Tooth Loss may include:

  • If caused by a traumatic injury, massive bleeding and sharp pain
  • If caused by decay, persistent pain for many days
  • Some cases are known to be asymptomatic

How is First Aid administered for Traumatic Tooth Loss?

First Aid tips for Tooth Loss:

  • Rinse mouth with warm water
  • Handle fallen tooth by crown and wash in a bowl of water  
  • Hold tooth in place (in the fallen socket) with gauze
  • If the above is not possible, then place tooth in a bowl of milk, or patient’s saliva, or lukewarm salt water
  • Use a sterile cloth to control bleeding, if any
  • Seek emergency medical help or dental assistance

Who should administer First Aid for Traumatic Tooth Loss?

The individual who is affected, or someone near should administer initial first aid, following which one should seek emergency dental surgery.

What is the Prognosis of Traumatic Tooth Loss?

The prognosis of Tooth Loss is dependent on the damage to the root of the teeth and the trauma to the gum line.

How can Traumatic Tooth Loss be Prevented?

Tooth Loss may be prevented by:

  • Using mouth guards while participating in contact sports
  • Following hygienic dental practices
  • Brushing teeth at least twice daily
  • Flossing one’s mouth regularly

What are certain Crucial Steps to be followed?

  • Protect tooth from contamination
  • Protect socket from root damage

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Reviewed and Approved by a member of the DoveMed Editorial Board
First uploaded: Aug. 28, 2017
Last updated: March 4, 2018