Although this type of incident is not considered an emergency, it can be painful because the exposed tooth tissue is often sensitive to temperature, pressure or air. Apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area with a cotton swab. This will give you pain relief. You can buy clove oil in drugstores or in the spice aisles of many supermarkets. If you lose a crown, put it in a safe place and make an appointment with our office AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.


Don’t wait too long. What is left of the tooth will not be as strong as your crown. It could be damaged more without the crown to protect it. Also, when a crown is missing for a long time, your teeth may move into the space where the crown was. If this happens, your crown may no longer fit.  If you lose a filling, the tooth structure may also be compromised and break easily. It’s important to get a broken or lost filling repaired or replaced before food and bacteria can become entrapped in the tooth causing decay.



When a tooth has been knocked out, the nerves, blood vessels and supporting tissues are damaged, too. The nerves and blood vessels can’t be repaired. But if your dentist can put the tooth back in place within an hour after it was knocked out, there’s a good chance that the supporting tissues will reattach and hold the tooth in place.


In the Meantime, here’s what you should do:

Pick the tooth up by the crown. This is the part of the tooth that you see in the mouth. Avoid touching the root end (the part that was under the gum).

If the tooth is dirty, do NOT clean it. This could damage the tooth. Place the tooth back into its socket. The tooth has a better chance of surviving if it’s kept in its natural environment. If you cannot get the tooth back in its socket, tuck it between your cheek and gum (not recommended for children who may choke on tooth if crying or upset). Another option is to put the tooth in a container of milk. The most important thing is to keep the tooth moist and call our office immediately.



If you think you may have a cracked tooth, please download this file from the ADA for more information and call our office immediately.


Proper care of the mouth following most dental procedures can reduce complications and speed the healing of the surgical area.

  1. Protection of blood clot…maintain gentle pressure by biting on the gauze sponge that has been placed over the surgical area, or by biting on a tea bag which has been gently moistened and wrapped in a piece of gauze. Keep steady firm pressure for 45 minutes. Repeat as often as.
  2. Do not rinse…or use a mouth wash for at least 24 hours. After 24 hours rinse with warm salt water (1/2 teaspoon table salt in 8oz. of warm water) every 1-2 hours is recommended. (The use of commercial mouth washes during the healing period is not encouraged.)
  3. Discomfort…following dental surgery it is normal to experience some discomfort. If medication has been given or prescribed, take as instructed.
  4. The toothbrush…may be carefully used in the area of the mouth not involved by the surgical procedures. A clean mouth heals faster.
  5. Eating…adequate food and fluid intake following surgery and/or general extractions is most important. If you find that eating your regular diet is too difficult you may supplement your diet with liquids such as Carnation Instant Breakfast (CIB/any flavor). The high quality, nutritional value of CIB is important for prompt healing following such procedures.
  6. Avoid…all excessive activity, don’t pick at the surgical area, don’t consume liquids through a straw, avoid alcoholic beverages and refrain from smoking until healing is well established.
  7. Sutures…if they were used, do not fail to return for their removal on appointment date given.
  8. Controls of swelling…gently apply ice packs to area for periods of 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off. This procedure should continue for the first 24 hours only.
  9. Allergic reactions…for generalized rash, itching, etc…Call dentist immediately.
  10. Do not hesitate… to call if any questions arise.
  11. Medicine…Take all medicine as prescribed.