We are here to help you when dental emergencies arise.
Loss of a Tooth
Follow the steps below to manage a lost tooth, and then call our office immediately after.
Handle the tooth by the top or crown, being careful not to touch or wipe off the root of the tooth. If the tooth is dirty rinse the tooth using milk or water if milk is not available. Do not scrub the tooth! If possible, place the tooth back into its original location. Be sure it’s facing the correct direction.
If you’re not able to place the tooth back into the socket, put it in an Optimal Storage Environment (OSE) kit, milk or water (water only if both of the other two options are not available). If none of these are accessible, store the tooth between your cheek and gums or in a clean cloth.
Chipped teeth that don’t cause pain are rarely considered a dental emergency. If you chip a tooth, contact our office or stop by as soon as possible.
Fractured or cracked teeth are considered a dental emergency. The trauma that caused the external crack usually indicates trauma within the tooth, as well. If you are experiencing pain or have a large, visible fracture on a tooth, contact us as soon as possible and follow these steps:
Rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water.
Use gauze to apply pressure to any site of bleeding for 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops.
Place a cold compress on any site where facial trauma may have occurred.
Take an over-the-counter painkiller to reduce pain. Follow directions on the bottle.