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Dental Emergencies

Dental Emergencies

Broken Tooth

  • Rinse the mouth with warm water.

  • If swelling occurs, place a cloth covered cold pack over the area.
  • Call and make an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible
  • Take the broken fragment of tooth to the dentist.

Knocked Out Permanent (Adult) Tooth

  • Rinse the tooth gently, do not hold the tooth roots.
  • If possible, gently place the tooth back in the socket. Bite down on a soft cloth to hold the tooth in place.
  • Store the tooth in milk or water, if it can't be kept in the socket.
  • Go to the dentist immediately.

Knocked out baby tooth

  • Call and make an appointment to see a dentist or dental/oral health therapist immediately.
  • Do not put the tooth back into the tooth socket, this may damage the adult tooth under it.