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Sports Dentistry - Education and Prevention: Play it Right!

Course Number: 679

Save a Tooth Kit

The 2020 IADT guidelines list milk as the first storage media to use followed by Hanks Balanced Salt Solution.

Save-A-Tooth is an easy and effective way to save a knocked-out (avulsed) tooth.

If you knock out a tooth there are very few options available to you without proper care on the spot. The best treatment is to reposition the tooth in its socket. However, if this is not possible, that's where Save-A-Tooth kit comes in. It helps keeping the PDL cells vital until a dentist can replant the tooth.

The Hanks Balanced Salt Solution in Save-A-Tooth preserves the vitality of the PDL cells on the root. The more cells you have alive before replanting, the better chance you have of saving the tooth. Moreover, Abrasion and physical cell crushing can do serious harm to the root. Each tooth that goes into Save-A-Tooth gets its own protective slot, preventing any serious damage.

The design of the slots in Save-A-Tooth allows the dentist to remove the tooth without accidentally damaging the root. It also gives the dentist a way to store the tooth to do additional prep work.

The kit is good to have in schools, sports arenas, playgrounds etc.

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Figure 7. Save-A-Tooth®

Additional resources for the emergency treatment of athletic dental injuries can be found on the Academy for Sports dentistry website: ASD Emergency Treatment of Athletic Dental Injuries.