I’ve Knocked Out a Tooth, What Do I Do?
Knocked out teeth need to be treated very carefully, and being seen by a dentist as soon as possible is very important.
If the tooth is an adult tooth, it’s best if the tooth can be replanted straight away. Handle the tooth by the crown, if necessary lightly rinse the tooth using cold running water (for no more than 10 seconds), if possible. If you can’t replant the tooth, store the tooth in cold milk or a container of saliva and call us straight away.
If the tooth is a baby tooth, then do not attempt to place the tooth back in its position. This could cause damage to the developing adult tooth. It’s best that your child sees a dentist as soon as possible, so call us straight away.
This can be a very stressful time for you or your child, but the sooner you can be seen by a dentist the better chance the tooth can be saved.
I’ve Broken a Tooth, What Do I Do?
Often in these instances the tooth can be saved. If you notice a fragment of the tooth or filling please bring it to the appointment as it may be able to be rebounded as a temporary measure. Carefully brush and floss around the area to ensure that food doesn’t pack.
Give us a call if you’ve broken a tooth, or lost some of a filling and we shall do our best to help you. You may have some sensitivity of the tooth until it is repaired.
I’ve Got a Bad Toothache, What Do I Do?
It’s important that you contact us straight away when you have a toothache, as this can help the prognosis for the tooth. We do keep some flexibility in our day to give us time to help our patients. In the meantime, over the counter pain relief such as paracetamol or ibuprofen can provide some relief. Carefully use floss around the tooth and brush well to dislodge any debris which may be under the gum.