In around 0.5% to 3% of dental accidents adult teeth are knocked completely out of the mouth. This is one of the most serious dental injuries and the prognosis for the tooth (the likelihood that it can be saved) is very dependent on the actions taken at the place of the accident and PROMPTLY after it happens.
In most cases the best course of action is to REPLANT THE TOOTH. However this SHOULD NOT BE DONE in the following circumstances:
It is important to note that replanting the tooth does not guarantee that the tooth will survive. Guidelines have been formulated by the International Association of Dental Traumatology (IADT) after reviewing the dental literature and consulting with expert groups. They should be seen as the current best evidence.
See below for detailed instructions on replanting the tooth
The protocol for managing an avulsed tooth in lockdown is the same as the protocol in normal circumstances, this is an emergency that REQUIRES a dental visit. In the UK it is therefore important to find an NHS Hub (by calling 111) or attending a Dental Department at a Hospital as soon as possible.
While waiting for an appointment, these steps should be followed: