Time is your enemy when an accident or any trauma dislodges a tooth. First locate the
tooth, or teeth, and determine if the tooth broke or if the entire tooth and root came out
in one piece. Gather together the pieces you’ve found, and with warm water gently rinse
off obvious dirt or debris. Avoid touching the root as much as possible. Place and
transport the tooth in saline (this is the same solution used to clean contacts and can be
purchased at any pharmacy) or in some of the person’s own saliva.
Rush the injured person and tooth to the dental office. Ideally the tooth will be re-
implanted. The tooth may also be splinted to the adjacent teeth for a period of time.
This is a true dental emergency and Dr Rutley is available via our emergency service 24
hours a day to assist you.