What To Do If You Lose or Break a Tooth

Bit into a bone? Got hit by a rogue golf ball? No matter how it occurs, breaking or losing a tooth as an adult is a drag. Not only can it be painful and leave a dent in your smile, but missing a tooth (or part of a tooth) also hinders your ability to eat and speak with ease. Even if you think it’s no big deal, you’d still be wise to see a dentist without delay. Why? When bad luck strikes your pearly whites, timely treatment is the key to a quick, complication-free recovery. If you break or lose a tooth, help your emergency dentist in Edmonton help you by following these steps.


1. Clean it with milk. We know, it’s a strange suggestion, but there’s some sound science to back it up. Rinsing with water can damage the cells that line the tooth’s root, making it more difficult to re-implant successfully; milk, on the other hand, will leave the vital tissue mostly intact.

2. Put it back in. Gently grab the tooth by its crown (don’t touch the root!) and try to insert it back into its socket. If you succeed, hold it in place by biting down on a clean washcloth until you get to your emergency dentist.

3. Store it safely. If you aren’t able to keep your tooth in its socket, you have two options: And don’t forget the tooth!

- Place it in a glass of milk or sterile saline solution (not water)
- Carry it in your mouth, between your cheek and gums (this is only recommended for very short-term transportation; the longer you keep it there, the higher your chance of accidentally swallowing it)

4. Go to a dentist. And don’t forget the tooth! It bears repeating that time is of the essence. Find an emergency dentist who can re-implant your tooth as quickly as possible to maximize your chances of success.

Broken teeth

If your tooth breaks but stays in its socket, you have a bit more wiggle room than if it had been knocked clear out of your mouth. That said, you’ll still want to call your dental clinic as soon as you can to schedule an appointment. Depending on the severity of the break, your dentist might:

  • Use a filling to restore the tooth’s natural appearance
  • Carry out a root canal to salvage the pulp if the break is major
  • Apply a crown or composite material to replace any missing tooth fragments

Always see a dentist if you lose or break one of your teeth. Beyond comfort and cosmetic concerns, there’s a real risk of infection that can quickly turn into a serious threat to your health. Southbrook Dental Group offers emergency dental services in Edmonton, Ellerslie and surrounding areas Monday through Saturday. Give us a call to have your smile safely restored in a flash.

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