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Man Missing Tooth

Man Missing Tooth

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Updated: October 6, 2013 6:03AM

If you act fast, you can save a permanent tooth that’s been knocked out. Here are some steps Delta Dental of Illinois suggests you follow:

Hold the tooth by the crown; rinse debris off with room temperature water — no scrubbing! Try to reinsert it before heading to a dentist. If that doesn’t work, transport it to the dentist in a clean container, covering it with room temperature water or milk.

Time is a crucial factor on whether a dentist will be able to successfully return your tooth to its rightful spot.

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