Being prepared for a dental emergency is no accident.
Knowing what to do can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
Our office has some tips!
Dental Emergency Procedures
Knocked-Out Tooth: Hold the tooth by the crown, and rinse off the root of the tooth in water if it is dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If that isn't possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and call your dentist as quickly as possible. Don't forget to take the tooth with you!
Possible Broken Jaw: Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Call your dentist or go to a hospital emergency room immediately.
Bitten Tongue or Lip: Clean the area gently with a cloth, and apply cold compresses to keep swelling down. If bleeding is excessive or doesn't stop in a short period of time, call your dentist or go to a hospital emergency room.
Broken Tooth: Rinse the mouth with warm water to keep the area clean. Put cold compresses on the face to reduce swelling. Call your dentist immediately.
Objects Caught Between Teeth: Gently try to remove the object with dental floss. If you are not successful call your dentist. Do not try to remove the object with a sharp or pointed instrument.
Toothache: Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Use dental floss to remove any food that may be trapped between the teeth. Do not put aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues. Call your dentist as soon as possible