Emergency InstructionsToothache: Call your dentist at the first sign of dental pain. Do not wait for pain to be excruciating. Ibuprofen, 400mg-600mg, or naproxen, 400mg, are the best pain killers you can obtain without a prescription. Neither of there should be taken if you have a history of stomach ulcers. If you call before noon, it is our policy to see you before the end of the day on our schedule.
Broken front tooth: If the broken piece is large try to retrieve it. Call your dentist for further instructions. Save the broken piece in water. A small zip-lock bag or an empty pill vial work well for this purpose. Bring it with you to the dentist. He may be able to use it to restore the tooth.
An evulsed (knocked out) tooth: A totally evulsed tooth should be immediately placed under the tongue of the person from whom the tooth came. Call your dentist immediately. If you cannot get to the dentist immediately there are products in the drugstore specifically made for storing evulsed teeth for short periods of time. If the tooth is properly cared for while out of the mouth, there is a good chance that it can be replaced in the mouth and function well for many years.
A traumatically loosened or repositioned front tooth: Call your dentist immediately and make an emergency appointment.