Knocked Out (Avulsed Teeth):
Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to reinsert it in its socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on gauze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk. The tooth may also be carried in the patient’s mouth. The patient must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
Chipped or Broken Tooth/Teeth:
If there is any suspicion of other facial trauma such as broken jaw or cheek bone please proceed to the nearest emergency room. If the accident only involved breaking a tooth or teeth keep the area clean until it can be evaluated by a dentist. If the nerve is exposed you may place a small amount of over the counter temporary filling material or use Oil of Clove until it can be evaluated by a dentist. Use a sensitive toothpaste if the tooth is sensitive to cold. Make an appointment to see the dentist as soon as you can.