BROKEN, FRACTURED, OR DISPLACED TOOTH

If you have a dental emergency, please call the office at 603-898-2072 to schedule your appointment. You can also follow these instructions for lost or broken teeth:

Lost tooth

If a tooth is traumatically knocked out of the mouth, it is best to place the tooth back into the socket and seek immediate dental attention. First, rinse the mouth of any blood or other debris and place a cold cloth or compress on the cheek near the injury. This will help reduce the swelling.

If you cannot put the tooth back into its socket, hold the dislocated tooth by the crown – not the root. Next, place it in a container of salt water solution and keep it there until you arrive at Dr. Filler’s office.

Broken tooth

For a fractured tooth, it is best to rinse with warm water and again, apply a cold pack or compress. A pain reliever, such as Advil, will help keep down swelling. If the tooth fracture is minor, the tooth can be polished or if necessary, restored by Dr. Filler if the pulp hasn’t been severely damaged.

If a child’s primary (baby) tooth is knocked out due to injury, it’s best to save the tooth. Reimplantation is not necessary as the permanent tooth will ultimately replace the lost baby tooth. However, placing cold compresses to the area and contacting Dr. Filler is important in order to evaluate injury to the area. An Xray may be necessary.

If your child has a loose primary tooth, have him or her bite down on an apple or soft fruit to dislodge it. As always, if you have any concerns, Dr. Filler is just a phone call away!

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