Accidental Oral Injuries

Oral injuries are often painful, and should be treated by a dentist as soon as possible. Dental Emergencies may include teeth that have been knocked out (evulsed), forced out of position (extruded), or broken (fractured.) Sometimes lips, gums or cheeks have cuts.

When a tooth is knocked out you should:

  • Attempt to find the tooth
  • Immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment
  • Gently rinse, but do not scrub the tooth to remove dirt or debris
  • Place the clean tooth in your mouth between the cheek and gum
  • Do not attempt to replace the tooth into the socket. This could cause further damage
  • Get to the dentist as soon as possible. If it is within a half hour of the injury, it may be possible to re-implant the tooth
  • If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person (e.g., a young child,) wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and immerse in milk.

If the tooth is pushed out of place (inward or outward), it should be re-positioned to its normal alignment with very light finger pressure. Do not force the tooth into the socket. Hold the tooth in place with a moist tissue or gauze. Again, it is vital that a dentist see the injured individual as quickly as possible.