Dental emergencies can be scary. Sports injuries, accidents, fights, and other factors can lead to tooth trauma that you may not be prepared to handle. Knowing these steps to take during a dental emergency can help you save your tooth or prevent further injury.
What should I do if my tooth is knocked out?
- Attempt to recover the knocked out tooth.
- Remove debris from the dislodged tooth by gently rinsing the tooth with water. Do not scrub the tooth or use alcohol.
- Rinse the mouth of blood and debris with warm water.
- Holding the recovered tooth by the crown, try to gently put the tooth back into the socket.
- Hold the dislodged tooth in place by gently biting down on a gauze pad over the tooth.
- Submerge the tooth in a cup of saline, warm milk, or your own saliva, if placing the tooth in the socket is not easily available.
- Contact our dental office for emergency treatment at (510)758-7222.
- Apply a cold compress to the cheek to reduce swelling and discomfort. Taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen can also help with inflammation.
- Avoid taking aspirin as this may hinder blood clots which stop the injury from bleeding.
- Bring the retrieved tooth to your emergency dental visit.
Dental Emergencies in Richmond, CA
At Hilltop Family Dental, our Richmond dentist, Dr. Moiceanu takes pride in offering dental emergency services any day of the week and any time of the day. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, contact our dentist office in Richmond right away at (510)758-7222. For life-threatening emergencies or if the injured person is unconscious, always dial 9-1-1 first.Share on Facebook