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Knocked-out teeth

Broken teethWhen an accident happens, teeth can be broken or completely knocked out of the socket. The risk of permanent damage to teeth can be reduced by wearing a mouth-guard for certain sports.

In some cases, a dentist may be able to save the tooth if you follow these steps:

If you're not comfortable putting the tooth back in:

Please remember this advice is only for managing knocked-out permanent teeth. If a baby tooth is knocked out, don't try to put it back in its socket, as this may damage your permanent teeth. Always seek advice and treatment from a dentist. ACC covers most or all of the cost of many accidental or sporting dental injuries for people of all ages.

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Written by HealthInfo clinical advisers. Page created August 2018.

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