Asked in Oral Health and Dental Care
What would you do if a child knocked a tooth but broke or chipped a tooth?
March 09, 2010 11:32PM
A knocked-out tooth is an emergency that requires immediate medical attention. If these emergency tips are followed right after a tooth has been knocked out, there is a good chance that the tooth can be saved.
- The tooth should be picked up by the top of the tooth (crown). The root of the tooth should not be touched.
- Gently rinse the tooth off with plain water to clean it. Make sure you cover the drain so the tooth doesn't accidentally go down the drain.
- The tooth should not be scrubbed or any attached tissue should not be removed.
- Gently place the tooth back into the socket in the correct position, if possible. Gently try to bite down on gauze to hold it in position.
- If it is not possible to put the tooth back into its socket, place the tooth into a container with milk, warm salt water or your own saliva. Get to a dentist immediately, preferable within one hour.
- Call your dentist immediately. The longer you wait for implantation, the less likely you will be able to save the tooth.
Chipped or Broken Tooth
- Save the chipped or broken pieces.
- Rinse out your mouth with warm water to keep the area clean.
- To keep the area from swelling, use a cold compress.
- Apply a sterile gauze to the area for ten minutes if you are experiencing any bleeding.
- Call your dentist.
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