What if my tooth breaks or gets knocked out?

A knocked out or broken tooth can happen in a car accident, a bike accident or even by a freak accident when playing a contact sport or doing physically intensive work. If it does happen, seek emergency dental treatment immediately. For a broken tooth, rinse and clean your mouth with warm water. Use cold compresses on the area to keep any swelling down until you get to the dentist.

If a tooth gets knocked out completely, it’s imperative to get to the dentist as quickly as possible. Be careful not to touch the root of the tooth to contaminate it. Hold the tooth by the crown. If the tooth is contaminated, rinse it gently with clean saline solution or water. Don’t scrub it. Put the tooth in a container of milk and try to get to a dentist within 30 minutes. The dentist will want to properly implant the tooth right away because the longer the tooth is out of its socket, the more likely it may be rejected by your gum as a foreign object. If you can’t get to a dentist within 30 – 45 minutes, rinse off the tooth, gently place it back into the socket and hold until your appointment.