Ask The Dentist: 'What Do I Do If I Have a Broken, Chipped or Knocked Out Tooth?'
If you have a broken or chipped tooth, the first thing to do is - don't panic. It's easier said than done, but remember tooth repair is what we do every day here at River Street Dental.
Dr. Carroll recommends the following steps when you do break, chip or knock out a tooth:
Rinse your mouth with cool water, and then apply a cold compress to your face to reduce any swelling.
Assess the situation
If the tooth is knocked out completely, make sure that before you leave the area where the accident occurred that you investigate and pick up any tooth or tooth fragments that may have fallen.
If a permanent tooth was affected, either preserve it in a clean container with a moist solution (cold milk, water, saliva) or place the tooth back into the socket or on the inside of your cheek and call us immediately.
It doesn’t matter what time of day, or day of the week,
we have an emergency number in our after-hours voicemail. And, of course, you’re in luck if the tooth situation occurs during normal business hours.
If for any reason you are unable to get hold of us, go to the emergency room for assessment.
Don’t assume the worst
It’s easy to let your mind wander to the ways a missing tooth will affect you, but thanks to the wonders of modern dentistry, we will come up with a treatment plan in no time.