Traumatic dental injuries most often occur in accidents, falls or with sports-related injuries and can be anything from a chipped tooth, a cut inside your cheek or having the tooth knocked out. These injuries are very painful and should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible. Getting to a dentist within 30 minutes can make the difference between saving or losing the tooth.
“What Should I Do If I’ve Chipped or Fractured My Tooth?”
Locate the fractured portion of the tooth and store it immediately in water or milk. Bring this with you to the dentist. Often this piece can be reattached. Rinse your mouth with warm water and place an ice pack on the injured area to reduce swelling.
“What Should I Do If My Tooth Has Been Pushed Sideways, Out of or Into Its Socket?”
Attempt to reposition the tooth back into its original place with very light finger pressure, but do not force it. Bite down to keep the tooth from moving and call your dentist.
“What Should I Do When a Tooth is Knocked Out?”
Time is of the essence! Get to the dentist immediately! Handle the tooth with care and try to only touch the tooth by the crown (chewing surface) – not the root. GENTLY rinse the tooth in warm water to remove any dirt – DO NOT SCRUB, USE SOAP OR DRY the tooth. If possible, gently place the clean tooth back into the socket (only if it is a permanent tooth). If unable to place the tooth in the socket, store the tooth in the mouth (next to the cheek) of the injured person or immerse in milk or water. If the tooth is left out of the mouth or allowed to dry, it cannot be put back in.