What Should I Do if I Lose or Break a Tooth?

If you damage your tooth and it is more than just a chip, you could be looking at some major problems if you don’t address it immediately. First things first, address the pain and protect any other teeth to avoid further issues.


If a break occurs:

  • Rinse your mouth out with warm water.
  • Apply pressure to stop any bleeding.
  • Use a cold compress to prevent any swelling.
  • If you can find the tooth, bring it with you to the dentist or surgeon’s office.


If you lose a tooth:

  • Do NOT pull the root of the tooth out if it is still attached.
  • Rinse the tooth off with saline or milk. Do NOT scrub the tooth.
  • Reinsert tooth back into the socket if possible, then bite down onto a gauze to stabilize the tooth.
  • If you cannot reinsert the tooth, protect it by placing it into milk or saline.
  • Go to your dentist or an oral surgeon IMMEDIATELY.


Replacement teeth should last for years at a time, so it is very important to know your options and choose a treatment plan that is right for you such as the following:

  • Implants.
  • Fixed Bridges.
  • Removable partial dentures.
  • Dentures.


Whatever option you may be leaning towards, the  Oral and Facial Surgery Institute can help you decide what is best for you. Call us today to set up a consultation at (435) 238-7083.