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Dental Emergencies

Managing Trauma to the Teeth

What do you do when you are faced with a dental emergency?

First, always be prepared, and then contact The Fono Dental Clinic nearest to you. Knowing how to be ready for a dental emergency can be critical to your oral health. If left untreated, a chipped or broken tooth, or a broken crown or filling can provide an opening for cavities because the damaged area is hard to keep clean.

If you have a dental emergency that involves trauma to your teeth, don’t panic. Follow these simple steps to hold you over until you get to the dentist:

Chipped tooth:

If you break or chip a tooth, save and rinse the piece(s) and your mouth with warm water. Apply gauze to any areas that are bleeding. Once any bleeding stops, apply a cold compress to the area and see your dentist as soon as possible. It may or may not be possible to re-attach the pieces, but bring them with you just in case.

Dislodged tooth:

If your tooth becomes partly dislodged, get to the dentist immediately, and put a cold compress on the area to decrease swelling. 

Knocked-out tooth:

If possible, find the tooth and pick it up by the crown end, not the root. Rinse the tooth with milk if it is dirty but don’t scrub it — you want 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, the best place for it is still in the mouth (inside the lip to hold it in place) so that it is covered in saliva. Be careful not to swallow it. The alternative is to place it in a small container of milk or water with a pinch of salt.


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