Your child has a tooth knocked out during a Saturday afternoon soccer match. You absent-mindedly run into a door while moving faster than you should while running errands after work. Your significant other bites down on a piece of hard candy late at night, only to have a molar split in two. Unlike a world where many people enjoy neat and tidy office hours, a dental emergency can happen at any time of the night or day, leaving you in a lot of pain that needs to be added immediately.

Fortunately, with offices located on Sunset Blvd., Dr. McLeod is on call at all hours to handle dental emergencies in the greater West Hollywood area.

What to Do If You Have an Accident and Lose a Tooth

Getting immediate help is critical if you hope to save a tooth. But there are several things you can do before you get to Dr. McLeod’s office that will help your chances.

The most common form of dental emergency is when a tooth gets fractured or knocked out. Any parent with any child who is active in any way has a good chance of having this happen at some point along the way.

For a fractured or broken tooth, the first thing you should do is try and locate and save any tooth fragments. Have the victim rinse their mouth out to wash away any debris. If there’s bleeding and you have gauze handy from a first aid kit, apply it firmly. And if possible, apply ice or a cold compress to the outside of the jaw to keep swelling to a minimum.

If you’re a parent, it’s really important to show concern but remain calm and focused. If you act worried, scared, or panicked; your emotions will transfer to your child and only make things worse.

If a tooth is knocked completely out, recover it if possible and rise the tooth off, being careful to hold it by the crown and not by the root. Either try to reinsert the tooth back into its socket or put the tooth in a small container of milk.

Teeth that have been knocked out completely have the best chances of being saved if a person can get to a dentist within one hour of the tooth being knocked out.

Dr. Neil S. McLeod is located at 9201 Sunset Blvd. and serves patients in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles, Studio City and other nearby communities.