What to Do in Case of an Accident
If a tooth is accidentally damaged or knocked out, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible. Time is critical to prevent further damage. When a tooth is cracked or chipped, place any broken pieces of tooth in a small amount of milk and take them to the dentist with you. Knocked out baby tooth- When a primary tooth is knocked out, do not attempt to put the tooth back in the socket. This may cause damage to the permanent tooth or lead to infection. To control bleeding, apply pressure directly to the injured area with a clean cloth and an ice pack may be applied to minimize swelling. Knocked out permanent tooth- When an adult tooth is knocked out, it is important to locate the tooth and handle it gently. Try to avoid the following:
- Do not handle the root of the tooth.
- Do not scrape or rub the surface of the tooth.
- Do not put the tooth in ice or hot water.
- Avoid rinsing or storing the tooth in water for more than 1-2 seconds.
- Do not remove soft tissue fragments from the tooth.
- Do not let the tooth dry out.
If soiled rinse the entire tooth in milk. Place the tooth back in the socket within 5-10 minutes, making sure it is facing the right way around. The tooth needs to be held in place by biting gently into a soft cloth.
If it is difficult to put the tooth back in the socket, keep it moist by placing it in a small amount of milk and immediately seek dental treatment.