When a tooth is knocked out, save it and bring it in at the time of your appointment. To preserve the tooth, pick it up by the chewing surface, making sure to not touch the root. Cleanse the tooth with water, but do not scrub it or use soap or chemicals. Store the tooth in a secure container of milk or place it in your mouth between your check and gum while traveling to the office.
If you are unable to make it into the office for immediate treatment, try the following to help alleviate tooth pain:
- Rinse the mouth with warm water.
- Use cold compresses to reduce swelling.
- Use dental floss to remove any obstructions from between teeth or in the gums. Never use sharp instruments.