What To Do In A Dental Emergency
A broken tooth, knocked out tooth, bitten lip or tongue can cause panic in any parent, but quick thinking and staying calm are the best ways to approach such common dental emergencies. By doing so you may be able to prevent additional unnecessary damage and costly dental restorations. This includes taking measures such as application of cold compresses to reduce swelling, and of course, contacting our Bothell, WA office as soon as possible!
If A Tooth Is Completely Knocked Out
If a tooth is knocked out completely, root and all (also called avulsed), do whatever you can to FIND IT.
In certain situations like outdoor sporting events, a knocked out tooth may fall into the dirt. DO NOT ever use a tooth brush to brush the avulsed tooth off! The best action is to place the tooth into the victim's mouth and have them briefly cleanse the tooth with their own saliva. Spit any dirt or blood out if necessary, but do NOT scrub the tooth under any circustances. Then try to replant it in the socket if possible, and call our office immediately. If after hours, Dr. Chapman can be reached on her emergency number.
Having timely treatment in the event of an emergency will give the tooth the best chance of being saved.