Prevent accidents first. . . …but, know what to do when they do occur
- Find the broken pieces, store in water or milk.
- See dentist within 24 hours – may be able to reattach the broken pieces of tooth.
- Analgesics for pain.
- See your dentist immediately.
- If the tooth is extruded (hangs down) try to reposition.
Knocked out tooth
- See your dentist immediately – time is essential! For best results, replantation should be done within 5 – 10 minutes.
- Upon locating the tooth, hold it by the crown (the wide part, not the pointed end/root).
- Rinse the tooth but avoid rubbing it or touching the root.
- Put the tooth back in its socket; cover with gauze or tissue and bite down to stabilize it. Or, briefly store the tooth in cold milk. Alternatively, spit in a cup and place the tooth in the cup.
- Do not let the tooth dry out. A tooth can usually be saved if cared for properly and reimplanted within an hour.
Above information obtained from the American Assoc of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons website www.aaoms.org