Emergency Dental Care

Knocked Out Tooth:

Baby tooth - If a primary (baby) tooth is completely knocked out, do not attempt to reinsert it into the socket. Place gauze or other suitable material to stop any bleeding and apply ice for swelling. You should see a dentist as soon as possible.

Adult tooth - As opposed to a baby tooth, a permanent tooth should be re-implanted. The tooth should be handled by the crown, and if it is dirty, rinse the tooth with water. Do not try to scrub the tooth. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket with gauze. If this isn't possible, put the tooth in a container with milk, saliva, or water. Bring the tooth with you to the dentist as quickly as you can.

Broken Tooth or Lost Filling:

Keep the area clean with warm water, and apply ice to reduce any swelling that may occur. If the tooth is sensitive, go to a local pharmacy or drug store and buy a temporary filling material over the counter. See the dentist as soon as possible.

Toothache:

Rinse the mouth with warm water to keep area clean. Take what you would normally take for pain and contact the dentist as soon as possible.

Objects Caught Between Teeth:

Gently try to remove the object with dental floss. Do not try to remove the object with any sharp instrument. If problem persists, see your dentist.