Below are the answers to our most frequently asked questions regarding dental emergencies.
- Immediately call Durham dentist Dr. Schlotterer to schedule an emergency appointment.
- Handle the misplaced tooth by the crown, not the root (the part below the gum). Touching the root of the tooth can irreversibly damage the cells necessary for reattachment.
- Gently rinse the tooth with water to remove any present dirt. Do not scrub the tooth.
- Try to place the tooth back into its socket.
- If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, place it in your mouth between the gum and cheek to keep it moist. It is essential to not to let the misplaced tooth dry out.
- If you cannot store the tooth in the mouth of the victim for any reason, carefully wrap the misplaced tooth in clean gauze or cloth and immerse it in a glass of milk.
Using very light pressure with your fingers, try to gently reposition the tooth into its normal alignment. Do not force the tooth. To keep the tooth from moving, remember to gently bite down on it.