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First Aid For a Knocked-Out Tooth

Getting Toothy With It

If you're a roller-derby queen or an accident prone klutz, you might come into a situation where this odd, little first-aid fact might come in handy:

If you knock out a tooth, put the tooth in a cup of milk, and head directly to the ER. There is a chance the tooth could be implanted, but time is of the essence. The longer the tooth is out the lower the chances of it surviving the blow.


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aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I'd heard this when I was younger.
kia kia 9 years
Spectra, that is hilarious. Show and tell?
emalove emalove 9 years
Good to know!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
lol Spectra it does suck... I was really lucky with mine the tooth didn't crack or chip or anything, kind of freaky really... my brother even brought my tooth in the house root and all... that's probably why my reimplant sugery was so successful.
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I remember hearing about this a long time ago. When I was in first grade, a girl in my class got her two permanent front teeth (which had JUST come in) knocked out in gym class. The gym teacher tried to save the teeth, but they were broken in multiple pieces and they couldn't save them. She had to get a bridge and she told us about it in "show and tell". I remember thinking how much that would suck!
anna_muffin anna_muffin 9 years
Me too, 1hipmama! I broke my two front teeth when I was seven and had to live with golden crowns for the next 8 years, until my teeth finally stopped growing and I had them replaced with ceramic ones.
cvandoorn cvandoorn 9 years
Good to know...except too bad the wait in the ER would probably cancel out all the efforts you did in keeping that tooth good.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
teeth implants....expensive!
1hipmama 1hipmama 9 years
I broke my two front teeth in elementary school. Unfortunately, the milk trick does not work for breaks, only total losses!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
I had a permanent tooth knocked out back when I was in elementary school, and it was successfully re-implanted. I also shattered the top jaw bone (in the front - it was a front tooth that got knocked out). So I also had a thick wax cast on the front 4 top teeth so the bone could heal. The tooth was not placed in milk prior to going to the ER, I'm sure it would have been had we known about that trick. The doctor said that I'd be lucky if the tooth lasted 10 years. It lasted over 25 years until I finally lost it and had to have an implant put in. this is a really good tip for anyone, even children can have accidents that could lead to a tooth getting knocked out.
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