Do you have a dental emergency?
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek: This may occur accidently or after dental anesthesia. Apply ice to bruised areas. If bleeding is present, apply pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 30 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, we would recommend that you go to the hospital emergency room.
Temporary Crown Came Out: Find the temporary crown and attempt to place it back on the tooth. You can use toothpaste or Fixodent to hold temporary crown in place. Call our office to schedule an appointment to have it recemented. It is very important to have the temporary crown recemented in a timely manner to ensure your permanent crown fits properly.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth: Find the tooth and handle the toothy by the crown(top), not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth but do not clean or handle the tooth unneccesarily. Try to reinsert it into its socket. Hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing milk or water. Call us immediately or report to the emergency room. Time is critical in saving the tooth.
Toothache: Clean the area around the sore tooth thoroughly. Rinse your mouth vigorously with warm salt water or use dental floss to dislodge trapped debris. A waterpik may also be useful in removing debris. Do not place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. If your face is swollen, apply a cold compress. Take Advil/Motrin/Ibuprofen for pain and call our office for an appointment.
Broken Tooth: Rinse dirt from injured area with warm water. Place cold compress over the face in the area of the injury. Call our office immediately for an appointment.
Bleeding After Baby Tooth Comes Out: Fold and pack a clean gauze or cloth over the bleeding area. Have the child bite on the gauze with pressure for 15 minutes. This may be repeated as needed.
Cold Sore/Canker Sore: Many suffer from occasional "cold" or "canker" sores. Lysine supplements may help prevent and shorten the duration of cold sores. Oragel and various other over the counter creams may provide temporary relief but do not use more than twice per day.