Broken teeth are one of the scariest things that can happen to our patients. Whether it’s an accidental fall, an elbow to the mouth during a basketball game, or an auto accident, knowing what to do after you break a tooth can determine what happens next.
If a small portion of tooth breaks off
Locate the portion of fractured tooth enamel and immediately place it into a container of milk or saline (preferably not tap water). Do not attempt to clean the tooth off. Bring your broken off tooth along with the soaking solution straight to our office.
If the entire tooth comes out
A knocked-out tooth can sometimes be placed directly back into the mouth if done properly and quickly. Briefly rinse off the tooth if there is visible debris, but do not scrub the tooth clean. If possible, place the tooth back into the socket. Otherwise, place it in a cup of saline or milk. Contact us immediately.
“Please act quickly! The sooner a broken or knocked-out tooth is treated, the better the outcome will be. For knocked-out teeth, that needs to happen within one hour. Call our office as soon as your accident occurs.”
—Dr. Lance Timmerman