A knocked out tooth or bitten tongue can cause panic in any parent, but quick thinking and staying calm are the best ways to approach such common dental emergencies and prevent additional unnecessary damage and costly dental restoration. This includes taking measures such as application of cold compresses to reduce swelling, and of course, contacting our office as soon as possible.
Knocked Out Tooth
If the tooth is dirty, hold it by the crown and gently rinse it off. Do not scrub the tooth or take off any attached tissue. If you can, reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it in there. If unable to reinsert the tooth, place the tooth in a small amount of milk or water. This helps keep the fibers of the tooth alive. Get to a dentist as soon as you can, within the hour if possible. Don't forget to bring the tooth!!!
Keep the area clean by rinsing with warm water. To prevent swelling, apply cold compresses. Get to your dentist as soon as possible.
Possible Broken Jaw
Apply ice to the jaw to control swelling. Get to your local emergency room or your dentist as soon as possible.
Floss around the tooth to remove any food that may be trapped. Rinse your mouth with warm water. Do not put pain relievers directly on the tooth or the surrounding tissues. See your dentist.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
Gently wipe the area with a cloth and apply cold compresses to keep swelling down. If the bleeding doesn't stop in a short period of time, go to your local emergency room or your dentist.