Any time you are having a medical emergency please call 911
Knocked out or displaced tooth
If a tooth is knocked out or moved out of position you have a true dental emergency. This is one case where it is important to get to a dentist fast. If the tooth is still in the socket but is displaced leave it in the socket. These teeth can be repositioned rather easily if you are seen within an hour or so.
If the tooth is knocked completely out of the socket time is very important. The sooner the tooth is put back in place the better.
Find the tooth and pick it up by the crown (the white part). Avoid touching the root.
If the tooth is dirty, wash it briefly (10 seconds) under cold running water. Make sure to plug the sink so that the tooth is not accidently lost down the drain. Leave any tissue attached to the root where it is. Try to replace the tooth into the socket. Bite your back teeth together and hold the tooth in place with your fingers.
If you can not reposition the tooth, place the tooth in a suitable storage medium, (a glass of milk or a special storage media for avulsed teeth), if available (e.g. Hanks balanced storage medium or saline). The tooth can also be transported in the mouth, keeping it between the molars and the inside of the cheek. If the patient is very young they might swallow the tooth. Therefore, it is advisable to get the patient to spit in a container and place the tooth in it. Avoid storage in water.
Seek emergency dental treatment immediately.
Do not reposition a baby tooth. If the tooth is a baby tooth it may just be the normal process of being lost so that it can be replaced by a permanent tooth. Your best guide is if the tooth has a root that is more than a quarter of an inch long you should be seen immediately. If the tooth is a baby tooth do not replace it in the socket or it can damage the permanent tooth.
If you are having pain it is usually an indication that something is wrong. It may be a tooth, the gingival (gums), the bone, the jaw joint or the muscles that move your jaw. The first thing concerning most patients is relief. Aspirin, Tylenol, or Advil are good pain relievers and should be tried first, provided you can use them. They only work by swallowing them. Never put either on the tooth or area that is bothering. They will burn the lining of your mouth. If the tooth is in the process of dying ice cold water can provide relief, but if the tooth is not dying, the cold water can contribute to more pain.
Should any part of your mouth, lips or face start swelling due to a dental problem you should also seek help as this often is caused by infection. If the swelling gets bad enough that your eye starts to swell closed, you start having trouble swallowing or breathing you need to be seen immediately by an emergency room.
For any medical emergency please call 911 or go to an emergency room. For dental problems during office hours call the office at 719-265-6654. At night or on weekends you can call the office to get access to the emergency number. Leave a message on the voicemail of the emergency phone. Your message will be returned between the hours of 8am-9pm. If you have an emergency outside of these hours or if you have not received a phone call within an hour please go to the emergency room or contact an emergency dental office.
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