This is Dr. Winston and I'm here to assure you it’s not as bad as you think and you are definitely not alone. This happens all the time. Whether you knocked your tooth out or you chipped it on something, here are some questions you want to ask yourself and advice to get you through this crazy day. If you are having pain please take 3 regular strength tablets of Ibuprofen (600 mg total) combined with 1 regular strength Tylenol (325 mg total) every 6 hours.
The whole tooth came out!
• If your tooth came out whole you are going to want to rinse it under cold water and keep it tucked in your cheek until it is time to see us. This will help keep your tooth alive for up to 2 hours. If you fractured your tooth do not bother to find it, just give us a call immediately.
• I will tell you one of two things when you come in, we can either reimplant your tooth and put a “cast” on it by splinting it to its neighboring teeth or we will have to let the site heal and look into options of replacing that tooth with a temporary tooth and plan for implants in the future.
I chipped off a part of my tooth
• Is it causing you pain? If yes, call us immediately. You may have a root fracture or may need to have an emergency root canal. If it is just a little sensitive we recommend you keeping it as clean as possible with brushing and mouthwash and come in at your earliest convenience.
• Is it a front tooth and you can’t live without having it fixed today? Call us! I will make sure I make time to see you, so we can get your smile back.
Did you bite down on something hard and now it hurts every time you bite down?
• It is possible that you might have a root fracture and the tooth may need to be evaluated as soon as possible or the pain may get worse over the course of 3 days.
The tooth just got hit and now it feels out of place.
• We are going to have to conduct some tests. Schedule and appointment so we can determine if the tooth is fractured or just misplaced and needs to be repositioned and splinted back into place.