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What to do if a permanent tooth falls out

by Sarah Dunsby
23rd Apr 24 5:05 pm

Tooth loss is a normal part of life but it can be unsettling as an adult. Losing a permanent tooth can be worrying and you may be wondering how you will correct the problem. Fortunately, there are many different options that your dentist can go through with you.

If you have experienced the loss of a permanent tooth, don’t panic. Here’s what you need to do when your tooth falls out.

Contact your dentist

The most important thing you can do when you lose a permanent tooth is to contact your dentist. Firstly, your dentist may be able to offer you an emergency appointment to assess your teeth and see if the tooth can be saved. Secondly, if you have to wait for an appointment, at least you will be booked in and can make the time to go.

The worst thing you can do is leave your mouth open to new infection or bacteria after the loss of a tooth so make sure to make that appointment.

Save the tooth

If you’re able to get an emergency appointment with your dentist within two hours, there may be a chance to save your tooth. If you’re able to, pick your tooth up by the crown and reinsert it into place. You can hold it there with medical gauze or a napkin.

Gently bite down on the gauze to keep your tooth in place until you can be seen. There are occasions where your dentist may be able to reattach the tooth.

If you can’t find the tooth

It’s common for people to suddenly notice that a tooth is missing but not be able to find the tooth. It’s vital that you see your dentist when this happens because your dentist can arrange an X-ray to ensure you haven’t accidentally swallowed the tooth.

If you have swallowed the tooth, it’s usually harmless. However, you will need to talk about tooth replacement like dental implants. Dental implants are the most natural feeling type of tooth replacement which is why many people choose them.

Don’t leave the gap

Why make a potentially expensive trip to the dentist when you’re not in pain? Tooth loss isn’t always painful. In fact, many people barely feel it at all. The most noticeable thing will be the gap left behind and it’s important that the gap is filled.

In addition to avoiding infection, closing the gap will also help you to chew food properly. If the gap isn’t closed, your teeth may shift to try and close it. This will cause a misalignment in your teeth which could become uncomfortable.


If you lose a back tooth, you may not be too worried about rushing to replace it but if you lose a front tooth, you may feel embarrassed. Making sure the tooth is replaced will boost your confidence and ensure you can smile without worrying about your missing tooth.

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