Craig R. Smith, DDS

Licensed General Dentist
2803 Bogus Basin Rd, Boise, Idaho 83702

Call: 208-343-1393

Hours: Mon-Thurs 7:30-4:00

Tooth Trauma Q & A


Dental emergencies can happen at any time. Injuries of the mouth can cause a lot of discomfort and should be treated right away. Always give us a call as soon as possible! 

What are dental emergencies and how can you avoid them?

A dental emergency is when your tooth breaks, cracks, becomes loose, or is  knocked out completely.  Sometimes even a dental crown can come off your tooth. You can injure your lips, gums, or cheeks.  Many of these emergencies can be avoided by taking some simple precautions such as wearing a mouth guard while you are playing sports or avoiding hard foods that may crack or break your teeth. 

What should you do if you knock out your tooth? 

Your tooth will have its best chance of surviving trauma if you see us within one hour of the incident, so always call immediately and we will get you in! Always handle your tooth by the crown of the tooth, not by the root. When you touch the root you compromise the cells that are necessary to re-attach your tooth to the bone. Gently rinse the tooth, do not scrub!

Place the clean tooth between your gums and cheek to keep it from dehydrating. If that is not possible,  wrap it in a clean cloth or gauze and place it in milk or saline.  If your child were to knock out a baby tooth, the tooth should not be re-implanted.  However, you should visit us to make sure that there is not a portion of the tooth remaining in the mouth. 

What should you do if the tooth is pushed  out of position? 

If your tooth is loose and pushed out of position please give us a call and schedule an emergency appointment. In the mean time you can try to re-position the tooth to its normal alignment using light finger pressure, just don’t force it! 

How should you handle a chipped or fractured tooth?

There are different types of tooth fractures.  Sustaining a severe fracture may mean that your tooth has been traumatized to a point that  it can not be saved. Fortunately, we can save most fractured teeth! 

If you are to fracture a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and use an ice pack or cold compress to reduce swelling.  Also, take some ibuprofen or aspirin for pain, and give us a call right away to schedule an appointment. We will always provide you the best care possible! 

What should you do if the tissue in your mouth is injured?

Injuries inside your mouth include tears or cuts, puncture wounds, and lacerations to your cheeks, lips or tongue. Any wound in your mouth should be cleaned with warm water. You should contact us as soon as possible. If you cannot see us you should go to the hospital.

For more information about dental emergencies please give us a call at the number given below. 

A Reason to Smile 
Craig R. Smith, D.D.S
Phone: 208-343-1393
Location: 2803 N. Bogus Basin Road
Boise, ID 83702 

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