Do not waste time. Call your dentist immediately, if you have an emergency. It is expected that you will get immediate attention because most dentists have time slots for emergencies.
Below are some of the first aid tips to use before you get to see the dentist:
Fractured tooth – Rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water immediately you notice any crack or fracture. Then apply a cold compress to minimize the swelling, and take a painkiller (acetaminophen).
Loose or misaligned tooth – Gently shift the tooth back to its normal position. Your dentist may use a splint to anchor it to any adjacent tooth as it heals.
Chipped tooth – If you feel no pain, then it is not an emergency. However, chew gently in order not to make the situation worse. Depending on the degree of chipping you have, the dentist will either fill it up with a filling material or smoothen it out.
Knocked-out tooth – Make sure you do not touch the tooth root. Just pick it up by the crown and rinse thoroughly. If you can, gently insert the tooth back into its socket, otherwise, place it in a small quantity of water or milk.