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Losing teeth is a lot easier than you might think. Any sort of trauma to your face - when playing contact sports, for example - puts you at risk for losing teeth.

Teeth that suddenly pop out need immediate attention and care. That's why we've put together these two pieces of incredibly important tips to help you know exactly what to do should you lose a tooth.

So let's look at what those are.

Handle the tooth with care

If you lose a tooth suddenly, you need to carefully handle it or else you’re going to lose the tooth for good. Don’t ever touch the root. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it off with milk by holding the crown (the top of the tooth). If don’t have milk, water works as well. Once rinsed, keep the tooth in milk or water as you rush to the dentist.

Slip it back into the socket

If possible, it’s best to slip the tooth back into the socket it popped out of. You’ll still need to see Dr. Pooja Goel for treatment, since every lost adult tooth requires a root canal for it to properly reattach, but putting the tooth back in its socket is the best way to care for it until a dentist can take care of it.

Getting into the dentist as soon as you lose a tooth is imperative. If you have any questions about what else to do when you lose a tooth unexpectedly, call us at 408-241-6501 to get your answers.