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What to do in a Dental Emergency

  • Emergency
  • What You Should Do
  • Call Dentist Immediately
  • Call Dentist within 24 Hours
  • Valid For Free Emergency Exam
  • Toothache
  • Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Use dental floss to remove any food lodged between teeth. If swollen, apply cold compress to outside of mouth or cheek. Never apply aspirin against the gum as it can cause damage.
  • Chipped/Broken Tooth
  • Rinse mouth with warm water. Rinse any saved pieces with warm salt water. If there is any bleeding, hold gauze to area with gentle pressure until it stops. Apply a cold compress as needed for pain and swelling.
  • Knocked-Out Tooth
  • EXTREMELY TIME SENSITIVE.
    Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse if dirty. Do not scrub or remove any attached tissue. If possible, return it to the socket and hold in place with gauze. If not, put tooth in container with milk or salt water. Do not let the tooth dry out. The highest rate of success in restoring the tooth is within 30 minutes.
  • Crown Dislodged
  • Rinse crown with warm salt water. If possible, apply over-the-counter dental cement or denture adhesive to the inside of the crown and slip it back over the tooth. Never use super glue on a crown.
  • Object Stuck Between Teeth
  • If possible, gently use dental floss to carefully remove the object. Never use a sharp object such as a pin to remove the object as it can cause damage to teeth and gums.
  • Lost Filling
  • Rinse mouth with warm water. If desired, stick a piece of sugar-free gum into the cavity until your appointment.
  • Broken Braces Wire
  • If broken wire is poking your cheek, tooth, or gum, cover the end of the wire with orthodontic wax or a small cotton ball until it can be repaired and put back into place.
  • Abscess
  • An abscess is a serious infection in your mouth that can usually be identified as a pimple-like swelling on your gum. It is usually painful. This infection can spread to your entire body, so do not leave it untreated.
  • Bleeding Gums
  • Bleeding gums is a sign of an infection along your gum line. This infection can cause tooth and bone loss as well as affect the general health of your body. If you notice bleeding when brushing your teeth, call immediately.
  • Cut Lip or Tongue
  • Rinse mouth thoroughly with warm salt water. Use gauze to apply pressure to the bleeding area for 15-20 minutes. Hold a cold compress to outside of mouth to relieve pain and control swelling. If bleeding does not stop, call immediately or go to a hospital emergency room.
  • Broken Jaw
  • If you suspect a broken jaw, do not move it. Secure the jaw to the top of the head with a towel, necktie, or scarf. Apply a cold compress to reduce pain and swelling. Call immediately or go to a hospital emergency room