Please call us immediately so that we can arrange an appointment to see you as soon as possible. We will do our very best to make time available for you to be seen on the day of calling, so that prolonged pain and further complications can be avoided.
Please go immediately to your nearest emergency department of a hospital if you have:
A major swelling in the face
Difficulty breathing, eating, swallowing
Difficulty opening your mouth
The above symptoms can be life-threatening and you will need immediate medical attention.
FIRST AID MANAGEMENT FOR DENTAL TRAUMA
How to manage a knocked-out permanent tooth before seeing a dentist
1. Control any bleeding
2. Try to find the tooth. Do not touch the tooth by its roots.
3. If the tooth is dirty or covered in debris, gently rinse it with water.
Do not scrub the tooth.
Do not dry the tooth.
Do not wrap the tooth in a tissue or cloth
4. Reinsert the tooth immediately, if possible. (Only if it is a permanent tooth)
The sooner the tooth is replaced, the greater the likelihood it will survive.
Place the tooth into the socket with your thumb and gently bite down on it.
5. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, store the tooth. Keep the tooth moist at all times by putting the tooth in one of the following:
Place the tooth in a small plastic bag with some milk. Put the plastic bag in a cup of ice.
Or just put it in a cup of cold milk.
Put the tooth in the mouth next to cheek. Be careful not to swallow it.
Put the tooth into a small container or a cup with the patient’s saliva.
Wet Cloth Transport
Wrap the tooth in a wet cloth
Note: Regular tap water is not recommended for long-term storage because the root surface cells do not tolerate water for long periods of time.
6. See a dentist as soon as possible. Please bring the tooth with you to the emergency appointment.