Injury / Trauma
Tooth is knocked out- if the tooth is a baby (primary) tooth don't place the tooth back in the socket. Contact our office.
If the tooth is an adult (permanent) tooth immediately place the tooth back in the socket if it is still intact. If you are unable to replace the tooth, immediately place the tooth in a container with milk, saliva or water. If you don't have access to any of those items place the tooth under your tongue. Don't scrape or remove anything on the tooth. Don't wrap the tooth in tissue or cloth and never allow the tooth to dry. Contact our office. We will evaluate the area and determine the next course of action.
Tooth is fractured- examine the area that was fractured, if needed, use acetaminophen for pain, not aspirin. Contact our office. We will determine the severity of the fracture and evaluate the condition of the tooth and surrounding bone. Some minor fractures may only cause an esthetic concern and have no pain and a filling material can be used to replace the fractured tooth structure. Larger tooth fractures may require a crown. Don't replace the fractured tooth segment yourself. If you feel extreme pain while breathing air or if you see any pink fibers or blood within the fractured tooth you may have exposed the nerve of the tooth. In this case you may need more extensive treatment, depending on the extent of the fracture.