With the festive season just around the corner, this is a common time of year for dental accidents. The kids are all excited, running around with their new toys and BAMM…
What to do if a tooth is chipped, partially dislodged or completely knocked out:
- If you break or chip a tooth, keep the pieces and rinse with some warm water. Once any bleeding stops, apply a cold pack or ice to the area and see your dentist as soon as possible. It may or may not be possible to reattach the pieces, but bring them with you to your appointment just in case.
- If your tooth becomes partly dislodged, put a cold pack or ice on the area to decrease swelling. Go to your dentist as soon as possible.
- If a tooth becomes completely dislodged, find the tooth (if possible) and pick it up by the crown end, not the root. Rinse the tooth under running water but do not scrub it as it is important to preserve any tissue fragments. Teeth that have been knocked out have the best chance to be saved if they are put back in place within an hour of the accident. Try to put the tooth back in place (be sure that it is facing the correct way) but don’t force it. If you can’t reinsert the tooth, place it in a small container of milk, or water with a pinch of salt. Seek dental care as soon as possible.