14 Jan Broken or Knocked-out Tooth? It’s a Dental Emergency.
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A broken or knocked out a tooth (dental avulsion) is a dental emergency. If possible, try to find the tooth that has been displaced, but whether you can find the tooth or not, you must call us immediately for professional advice.
Knocked-out tooth/teeth (adults)
Act quickly, and you have a good chance of saving your tooth!
If you can find your knocked out tooth, place it back in the socket, then seek emergency dental health advice or treatment, there is an excellent chance your tooth will survive the trauma. However, every minute counts, and you must act as quickly as possible.
Every minute the tooth is out of the socket, the less chance it has of surviving. – Department of Health services Victoria
If you have the knocked-out tooth
If you can see the knocked out tooth, avoid touching the root, then gently rinse it with milk (not tap water). Alternatively, you may use a saline solution such as contact lens solution for a few seconds only.
- Act quickly
- Holding the tooth by the crown (the white bit that you normally see above the gum line), gently ease the tooth back into the socket using light pressure.
- Gently bite down on a handkerchief to keep the tooth in place
- Get advice or treatment ASAP from a dental health professional
Can’t replace the tooth?
- Do not rinse the tooth with tap water or scrub the tooth
- Place the tooth in milk or (preferably) the patient’s saliva
- Seal it in plastic or a small glass jar
- Contact our clinic ASAP and seek advice over the phone. T: (02) 6971 8764
Partially knocked out tooth (adult)
- Call our dental clinic on (02) 6971 8764 ASAP
- Try to keep the tooth as still as possible
- You/the patient may be in considerable pain, so you can take over-the-counter analgesics until you can get to a dental clinic.
If you cannot find the piece of broken or chipped tooth, it’s still imperative you call a clinic immediately so that we can protect the remainder of the damaged tooth.
Broken or chipped tooth (adult or child)
- If you have managed to find the piece of dislodged tooth, gently pick it up and place it in milk or saliva (preferably your own if you are the patient).
- Keep the dislodged tooth in this solution, packaging it in plastic or a small glass jar
- Contact our clinic immediately on (02) 6971 8764
- If you cannot find the piece of broken or chipped tooth, it’s still imperative you call a clinic immediately so that we can protect the remainder of the damaged tooth.
Do not try and place a dislodged baby tooth back in the socket as it may damage the socket or the underlying adult tooth.
Knocked out baby tooth
Treating a baby’s tooth is different from an adult’s as we want to avoid damaging the socket or the adult tooth sitting below the gum line. Instead, contact our dental clinic immediately on (02) 6971 8764 and arrange to come in ASAP.