Emergency Management

What should I do when a tooth is knocked out? 

*Immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment. Getting to a dentist within 30 minutes can make the difference between saving or losing a tooth.

*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.

*It is important not to let the tooth dry out, gently place the clean tooth in a cup of water or milk to keep it moist.

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What should I do when a tooth is pushed out of position? 

Attempt to reposition the tooth to its normal alignment using very light finger pressure, but do not force the tooth.

Bite down to keep the tooth from moving. Until you call your dentist for an emergency appointment.

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, not aspirin, for pain.

*Immediately, get to your dentist, who will determine treatment based on how badly the tooth is broken.

 

What should I do when tissue is injured? 

Injuries in the inside of the mouth include tears, puncture wounds and lacerations to the cheek, lips or tongue. The wound should be cleaned right away with warm water, and the injured person taken to a hospital emergency room for the necessary care. Bleeding from a tongue laceration can be reduced by pulling the tongue forward and using gauze to place pressure on the wound.

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