Don’t panic. Get a clean handkerchief and fold it up, then hold it over the socket and bite down. Keep your jaws together to apply pressure. If you need something for the pain, don’t take any medication containing aspirin as this can encourage further bleeding. Do not apply clove oil to the wound.
If the tooth is complete it needs to be replaced in the socket as soon as possible, ideally in under 30 minutes. Avoid handling the root. If it is very dirty, rinse it with milk and wipe it with a clean cloth. Do not clean it with disinfectant or let it dry out.
Hold the tooth by the crown and put it back into the socket firmly, root first. Bite on a clean handkerchief for about 15-20 minutes. Your tooth has more chance of survival if you keep it in your cheek until you can get emergency dental treatment. This will keep the tooth in its most natural environment. If this is not possible, keep it in some milk.
If only part of the tooth has come out, it is not a good idea to try and put it back into the socket. Contact your dental surgery as soon as possible and your dentist will tell you what options are available to restore the tooth. You may need dental x-rays to see if there is any root damage.
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Ensure that there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth by using dental floss or similar products. If you are suffering from a painful toothache it is more than likely that you require dental attention.
The tooth will need to be re-implanted into its socket immediately so contact your dentist. In the meantime, hold the tooth by the crown and rinse off the root of the tooth in water if it's dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If that isn't possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and take it with you to your dentist as quickly as possible.
As you are no doubt aware, private dental treatment can be expensive. At City Centre Dental practice, we can offer several treatment plans to accommodate your dental requirements and how much you are prepared to spend on your dental health. Interest-free credit terms from 3 - 12 months can be arranged. Registering as a Denplan patient for a regular monthly amount reduces the likelihood of a large one off payment. Ask your dentist for alternative treatment options and payments and we will be happy to accommodate your request.
For further information on our treatments, or to book a consultation, call us today on 0161 834 1643. Alternatively, you are very welcome to visit the practice in person any time during our opening hours.