Unfortunately, having a tooth knocked out is something which can easily happen in an instant. Just ask Michael Buble who found this out when he knocked out his own tooth with his microphone live on stage last month.
If you ever find yourself in the position of responding to a knocked out tooth (also known as "tooth avulsion") for a family member, friend, colleague or teammate, following these steps will ensure that the tooth has the best possible chance of being saved.
Step 1. If the tooth was knocked out by a big blow, make sure the victim is ok and rule out any head injury.
Step 2. Handle the knocked out tooth gently and by the crown only. Do not touch the root of the tooth as it can be easily damaged.
Step 3. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently with milk or salt water. Don’t dry the tooth.
Step 4. Reposition the tooth back in the socket immediately and ask the patient to hold it in place, either with clean fingers or by biting down gently on a clean handkerchief.
Step 5. Keep the tooth moist. If you are unable to replace it back in the socket, place it in a glass of milk or ask the patient to hold it in their mouth between their gum and cheek.
Step 6. Get to a dentist straight away, ideally within 30 minutes.
This kind of dental emergency is terribly shocking for all involved but by responding, quickly and calmly you’ll be able to comfort the patient and give them the best possible chance of saving their tooth.