Dental emergencies can happen at any time – your child is playing, slips, and accidentally knocks out a tooth, or you bite into a crisp apple and feel a tooth move. Oral injuries are often painful and should be treated by a dentist immediately.
What should you do when a tooth is knocked out?
- Call your dentist immediately for a dental emergency appointment.
- Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root. Touching the root can damage cells necessary for bone reattachment.
- Gently rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt. Do not scrub.
- If possible, gently place the clean tooth in the socket to keep it moist. Do not let the tooth dry out.
- If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse in milk or saliva.
What should I do when a tooth is pushed out of position?
- Attempt to reposition the tooth to its normal alignment with very light finger pressure. Do not force the tooth.
- Bite down to keep the tooth from moving.
What should I do when a tooth is fractured?
- Rinse mouth with warm water.
- Use an ice pack or cold compress to reduce swelling.
- Use ibuprofen for pain. Do not use aspirin, which can cause excessive bleeding.
- Immediately get to your dentist, who will determine treatment based on how badly the tooth is broken. Only a dentist can tell how bad the break is.