Dental Emergencies

Tooth Ache

Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. Do NOT rub aspirin or orajel on the aching tooth or on the gum. In the event of facial swelling with/without fever, call your dentist immediately and go to the emergency room for attention. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended. See a dentist for an evaluation as soon as possible.

 

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

Ice can be applied to any cut/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 after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.

 

Broken Tooth

Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments and place in cold milk or save-a-tooth solution. Get immediate dental attention.

 

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

If a baby tooth was lost, do NOT try to place the tooth back into the mouth.  If your child knocked out a permanent tooth, the most important thing to do is to remain calm. Then find the tooth. Hold it by the crown rather than the root and try to reinsert it in the socket.  If you are unable to return the tooth to the socket, place tooth in cold milk or save-a-tooth solution and call our office right away.  This emergency is time sensitive. Please see a dentist immediately.

 

Possible Broken Jaw

In the event of jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief. Go immediately to an 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 bleeding continues, see a dentist.

 

Cold or Canker Sores

Cold or canker sores heal naturally within 2 weeks. Avoid crunchy, salt, spicy, acidic foods that will irritate the sores during the healing process and make sure your child stays hydrated.  Placing orajel on the sores is not recommend since it only provides minutes of relief.  Please call your dentist for more advise.

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