In order to preserve a knocked-out tooth, it should be saved, within the first 5-20 minutes, in a container conceived for that purpose (for example Dentosafe).
This box contains an organ-transplant medium with a ph-dependent color indicator. When there is a strong bacterial content, it will indicate contamination; through a color change in the nutrient solution.
With this method, fibers of the tooth can be kept alive until it can be replanted.
It is possible to keep a tooth in this solution up to 24 hours.
In comparison to permanent teeth, milk teeth, which have been knocked-out, are not replanted.
It is important to make sure the injured person is protected against tetanus.
If it is a matter of a chipped tooth, it is important to look for fragments, however small they might be, at the scene of the accident. Ideally, these should also be placed in a Dentosafe
If such a box is not available, please note the following:
The tooths surface should not be allowed to dry out. It must be kept moist. The surface must not be touched or disinfected.