Helpful Guide to Dental Trauma
Step 1: Remain calm, lift the lips and examine area, take photo with phone
Step 2: Go to the urgent care or hospital with severe injuries, this includes: head, eye, limbs, or airway issues.
Step 3: Call your dentist ASAP—we'll walk you through it. Some tooth or bone injuries require treatment within one hour of occurrence.
* Knocked out tooth - Place tooth in milk and bring to appointment. Do not touch the root or try to clean it.
* Tooth broke in half - Place broken fragment in milk, bring it to dental office. Bite on clean towel.
* Tooth has been moved out of position - Place gauze or clean towel in mouth to help with comfort. Call dental office.
* Tooth is very loose after injury - Place gauze or clean towel to help with comfort. Call dental office.
* Bleeding from mouth - Call the dental office for an appointment.
* ToothSaver - A small cup usually kept with sports coaches, EMTs, ERs, and/or urgent cares. Contains Hank's Balanced Solution made for organ transplants—it stops the clock.
* Is it a baby tooth? Adult tooth? - Baby teeth tend to be whiter than adult teeth. When in doubt place in milk, show to dentist.
The Golden Hour: most teeth injuries need to be seen within hour to save of tooth.
Neal Family Dental
Alan Neal, DMD, FAGD
333 NW 3rd Ave, Canby, OR 97013