Broken, Fractured, or Displaced Tooth

A broken, fractured or displaced tooth is usually not a cause for alarm, as long as decisive, quick action is taken.

If the tooth has been knocked out, try to place the tooth back in its socket while waiting to see your dentist.

First, rinse the mouth of any blood or other debris and place a cold cloth or compress on the check near the injury. This will keep down swelling.

If you cannot locate the tooth back in its socket, hold the dislocated tooth by the crown - not the root. Next, place it in a container of warm milk, saline or the victim's own saliva and keep it in the solution until you arrive at the emergency room or dentist's office. This must be in less than one hour after the accident.

For a fractured tooth, it is best to rinse with warm water and again, apply a cold pack or compress. Ibuprofen may be used to help keep down swelling.

If a child's primary tooth has been loosened by an injury or an emerging permanent tooth, gentle wiggling should free it from the gum tissue. Give it a little twist and you should have it in your hand. If you are having trouble doing this call us or come in. It is not an emergency situation. The gum will bleed so have the child bite down on gauze or a soft cloth until the bleeding stops. Feel free to call us.