If you are not able to replant the tooth back in the socket, keep it moist by:

  • Putting it in a cup of milk, or
  • Sealing it in plastic wrap, or
  • Place it in the conscious patient’s mouth, next to their cheek.

Important points to remember

  1. DO NOT handle the root of the tooth.
  2. DO NOT scrape or rub the surface of the tooth.
  3. DO NOT let the tooth dry out.
  4. DO NOT have the tooth in contact with water for any more than 1 or 2 seconds.
  5. DO NOT put the tooth in ice or hot water.
  6. DO NOT remove any soft tissue fragments from the tooth.


You should see your Dentist promptly, if not urgently. Not fixing the broken filling or tooth will promote decay and possible tooth loss. To minimise tongue or cheek cuts, the tooth can be packed with gum or the sharp edges smoothed off with an emery board.

To make an appointment please telephone 02 6571 5533.