First, clean around the affected tooth meticulously. Use warm saltwater to rinse the mouth and displace any food that may be trapped between the teeth. NEVER use aspirin on the affected tooth or on the gums. If there should be accompanying facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. Acetaminophen is recommend for temporary pain relief.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek
Apply ice to any bruised areas. In case of bleeding, use sterile gauze or a clean cloth to apply firm but gentle pressure. If the bleeding continues for longer than 15 minutes or does not stop with pressure, call our office or emergency line.
Broken Braces and Wires
ONLY remove a broken appliance if it comes out easily. If not, and it is lodged or painful to remove, cover any protruding edges with wax, cotton balls, gauze, or chewing gum. Also do not remove any wire caught in the gums, cheek, or tongue, but call our office IMMEDIATELY. If loose or broken appliances do not cause any discomfort, emergency attention usually is not required.
Rinse the area with warm water and place a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover all tooth fragments that you can and get immediate dental attention.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Recover the tooth. Be sure to hold it ONLY BY THE CROWN (top) and NOT THE ROOT END. Rinse, but do not clean tooth or handle it more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place with a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If it cannot be reinserted, place it in a cup containing water or (recommended) milk. Call our office IMMEDIATELY.
Other Emergency Conditions:
Possible Broken Jaw
In the event of a jaw injury, tie the mouth closed using a towel, tie, or handkerchief. Call our emergency line immediately.
Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out
Place a piece of folded gauze over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes. If bleeding does not stop, call our office.
Cold or Canker Sores
Over-the-counter medications usually are sufficient in providing temporary relief. If not, visit our office.