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Broken, Loose Teeth: What to Do
August 1st, 2011 by Dr. Watson

Have you or any of your family members injured a tooth these past few months? Maybe you got a little overzealous with some corn on the cob. Maybe your daughter tripped during a game of tag and chipped her tooth. Or maybe your husband was attacked by some renegade soccer hooligans and got a tooth knocked out!

However a tooth gets fractured, cracked, chipped, broken, or knocked loose, what matters is how you respond to the situation. Here are some pointers if you find yourself dealing with a tooth injury:

If the tooth is still attached

Leave it there! No matter how loose it is, whether it’s hanging on by a thread; if it is connected in any way, do not try to remove it. It really is best to keep the tooth in your mouth. Call Dr. Watson as soon as possible and we can give you pointers on what to do next. If you’re in the Jackson area we will do our best to fit you in to an emergency appointment.

If the tooth is out of your mouth

First, if you find the tooth on the ground or in some other dirty place, make sure to rinse it off in lukewarm water. Don’t try to disinfect it, scrub it, or remove any tissue attached to it, however. Most importantly, do not let it dry out! All of these factors will make it very hard for Dr. Watson to put the tooth back in your mouth. Preserve the tooth in milk until you can get to our office, or lukewarm water can be substituted if milk is not available.

Now get to the office!

Time is the most important factor determining whether or not Dr. Watson will be able to get the tooth back in your mouth or repair it successfully. Under 30 minutes is really the optimal choice, but re-implantation and repair are still possible after several hours when the tooth is properly cared for.

If you or a family member has broken or lost a tooth be sure to call us from anywhere in the Jackson area for advice on what to do next! We have emergency appointments available for your convenience.