Dental Emergencies and Trauma

Fracture (broken tooth)

  • Remain calm.
  • If a tooth is fractured, immediately contact our office. Timing is very important. Remain calm.
  • Locate the broken fragment and place in saliva, saline, water or milk.
  • Protect the inside of the mouth and broken tooth. Have patient bite down on gauze
  • Transport both the patient and fragmented tooth to our office.

Avulsion (Tooth Knocked out Completely)

  • Remain calm
  • Locate tooth and contact our office immediately. Timing is very important.
  • Pick up tooth by crown and if dirty, gently rinse in water. Do Not Scrub Tooth.
  • If possible, push tooth back into socket and bite on gauze to stabilize.
  • If not possible, transport in milk, saline or water. Minimizing time out of the mouth is crucial.
  • Transport the patient and tooth to our office.

Luxations (Tooth in mouth but moved – In wrong position)

  • Contact our office immediately
  • If possible, try to reposition tooth
  • Follow up with our office as directed

Extrusions (Tooth coming out of socket – appears longer)

  • Contact our office immediately
  • Attempt to reposition
  • Follow up with our office as directed

Intrusion (Tooth pushed into socket or jaw)

  • Contact our office immediately
  • Make sure tooth is not knocked out
  • Do Not Attempt to reposition tooth
  • Follow up with our office as directed
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