A dental emergency can happen to any of us. If you have a tooth knocked out or are suffering extreme pain from one of your teeth you should visit a dentist as soon as possible.
In the case of an injury to a tooth, getting to a dentist quickly can mean the difference between saving or losing a tooth.
Following these suggestions may improve the chances of saving your tooth:
- Handle the tooth carefully and try not to touch the root as it can be easily damaged. The root is the part of the tooth that was inside the gum.
- Keep the tooth moist by placing it into a cup of milk. If you don’t have any milk, place the tooth in your mouth between the cheek and gum. If you are unable to do this or it is a child’s tooth and they are not able to safely store it in their mouth have the child spit it into a cup with their saliva. At the very least, place the tooth in a cup of water as the most important thing is to keep the damaged tooth moist.
- You may try and slip the tooth back into its socket. In some cases, it will slip right in. Make sure it's facing the right way but do not try and force it. If it doesn't go back into place easily and without you having to put pressure on it, then just keep it moist (in milk, saliva or water) and get to the dentist as soon as possible.
The dentists at North Brisbane Dental Clinic try and keep a couple of appointments free each day to cater for dental emergencies, so we are confident we will be able to give you the appropriate treatment at short notice.