Emergencies

Tooth Ache

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Begin by meticulously cleaning around the sore tooth. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. Do not use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. If you have facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended. If the pain persists more than a day, please contact us.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure, or continues longer than 15 minutes, please go to the nearest emergency room.

Broken Tooth

Recover any of the broken tooth fragments. Rinse the area with warm water, and apply a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Please seek immediate dental attention.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Did you know you only have 15 minutes to save a knocked out tooth before it begins to die? That’s why we offer Save-A-Tooth kits in our office. Save-A-Tooth is the only FDA-approved tooth-preserving system with an ADA seal of acceptance. It is very easy to use. Simply pick up the tooth by the crown (not the root) and drop it in the container, which contains a salt solution that has been scientifically tested and clinically proven to nourish and preserve a knocked out tooth for up to 24 hours. Be sure to screw the cap on the container. Because time is essential, see your dentist immediately so the tooth can be replanted.

Possible Broken Jaw

In the event of a jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief. Go immediately to the nearest emergency room.

Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out

Fold a piece of gauze, and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes. If the bleeding continues, please see a dentist.

Cold or Canker Sores

Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If the sores persist, visit your dentist.

For more information, please download our Dental Emergencies handout.