What to do if you lose or break a tooth?

Posted on September 19, 2018

What to do if you lose or break a tooth

Losing or breaking a tooth can be frightening, especially if it’s caused by a sports injury. Fast action is needed to ensure the best results. Follow these tips to minimize discomfort and improve the chances of saving your natural tooth.

Broken tooth

  • Call your oral surgeon or dentist right away
  • Gently rinse your mouth with water
  • Bite on gauze or a tea bag to stop any bleeding until you can see your doctor
  • Use an ice pad to minimize pain and swelling
  • Take ibuprofen or Advil if needed

Knocked-out tooth

  • Call your oral surgeon right away
  • Only handle the chewing edge of the tooth. DO NOT touch the root (not even to wipe it off)
  • Submerge the tooth in whole milk or saliva until you reach the oral surgeon’s office
  • Bite on gauze to slow any bleeding and replace every 10 – 15 minutes until bleeding stops

Greater Charlotte Oral & Facial Surgery is here for you for all of life’s oral surgery needs – expected or unexpected. Call us at the location nearest you for direct access to board-certified oral & maxillofacial surgeons.

By Amir Marashi, MD, DDS

Amir Marashi, MD, DDS received his undergraduate training at Mercer University in Atlanta where he was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. He attended dental school at the University of Minnesota where he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree with distinction.
Dr. Marashi completed his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Louisiana State University and the University of Rochester. He also attended medical school at Louisiana State University where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree Cum Laude, followed by a year of medical residency.
After residency, Dr. Marashi joined the faculty as an assistant professor in the department of surgery at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, training oral and maxillofacial surgery residents. Dr. Marashi is board certified by the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

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