In some situations, minor toothaches can often be relieved by rinsing the mouth to clear it of debris and other matter. Sometimes, a toothache can be caused or aggravated by a piece of debris lodged between the tooth and another tooth. Avoid placing an aspirin between your tooth and gum to relieve pain, because the dissolving aspirin can actually harm your gum tissue.

Broken, Fractured, or Displaced Tooth

A broken or fractured tooth requires a visit to the dental office for evaluation and treatment.

If the tooth has been knocked out, try to place the tooth back in its socket while waiting to see your dentist.  Outcome success of the avulsed “knocked-out” tooth  is directly related to time.  The sooner the tooth can be replanted in socket the greater chance of success of keeping the tooth.

First, rinse the mouth of any blood or other debris and place a cold cloth or compress on the cheek near the injury. This will reduce swelling.

If you cannot replace the tooth back in its socket, hold the dislocated tooth by the crown - not the root. Next, place it in a container of warm milk, saline or the victim's own saliva and keep it in the solution until you arrive at the emergency room or dentist's office.

For a fractured tooth, it is best to rinse with warm water and again, apply a cold pack or compress. Ibuprofen may be used to help reduce swelling.

If the tooth fracture is minor, the tooth can be smoothed or if necessary, restored by the dentist if the pulp is not severely damaged.

If a child's primary tooth has been loosened by an injury or an emerging permanent tooth, try getting the child to gently bite down on an apple or piece of caramel; in some cases, the tooth will easily separate from the gum.

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