First Aid Responder Level 3 (VTQ)

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Dental Injuries

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Dental Injury First Aid: Protecting and Treating Tooth Damage

Seeing a Dentist for Dental Injuries

Understanding when to seek dental care and how to provide initial aid for common dental injuries.

Chipped or Broken Tooth

Addressing a chipped or broken tooth before reaching the dentist:

  • Protect the Mouth: Shield the injured area to prevent exposure to cold, especially when the injury has exposed a nerve.
  • Consulting a Dentist: Schedule an appointment with a dentist for assessment and treatment.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Immediate steps to take when a tooth is knocked out:

  • Locate the Tooth: If possible, find the dislodged tooth.
  • Clean the Tooth: Rinse it with saline solution or milk to remove contaminants.
  • Proper Reinsertion: Ensure the tooth is correctly oriented and firmly push it back into place.
  • Stabilize with a Gum Shield: If available, use a gum shield to hold the tooth in position.
  • Seek Dental or A & E Care: Visit a dentist for treatment, or if one isn't accessible, consider the Accident & Emergency department with oral surgery staff.

Pain Management

How to alleviate pain associated with dental injuries:

  • Over-the-Counter Painkillers: Use pain relievers typically taken for headaches.

Post-Injury Care

Ensuring the patient is comfortable and prepared for dental treatment:

  • Clean-Up: Address any bleeding, and be aware of potential lip injuries.
  • Comforting Children: Keep young patients calm, as blood may be distressing to them.


Timely dental care is crucial for managing dental injuries effectively.