Do you have a dental emergency? For emergency dental care for injuries, toothaches, broken or knocked-out teeth, or damage to a restoration such as a crown or filling, call us right away. We’ll try to see you as soon as we can.
If you’ve broken a tooth or a filling or crown, ensure that none of the pieces are still in your mouth because they can be a choking hazard. You may find relief from pain by taking an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen.
If a tooth is avulsed (come out of its socket), make sure it is a permanent tooth (baby teeth should not be replanted).
- Stay calm.
- Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown (the white part). Avoid touching the root.
- If the tooth is dirty, wash it briefly (10 seconds) under cold running water and reposition it. If an adult: try to replant the tooth. Bite on a handkerchief to hold it in position.
- If this is not possible, place the tooth in a suitable storage medium, e.g. a glass of milk or a special storage media for avulsed teeth if available (e.g. Hanks balanced storage medium or saline). The tooth can also be transported in the mouth, keeping it between the molars and the inside of the cheek. If the patient is very young, he/she could swallow the tooth- therefore it is advisable to get the patient to spit in a container and place the tooth in it. Avoid storage in water!
- Seek emergency dental treatment immediately
If a tooth is fractured:
- If the tooth fragment can be found, bring it into the clinic as it can be bonded to the tooth.
- Contouring or restoration with composite resin depends on the extent and location of the fracture.
Get emergency dental care, quickly. Call us today.