Dental Emergencies

Time is a vital factor when a dental emergency occurs. We understand this and are dedicated to getting you the best emergency care to ensure maximum potential for resolving the situation as soon as possible. If you are having a dental emergency please contact our office immediately.

General Toothache: Cleanse the area of the affected tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge impacted food or debris. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. If face is swollen apply cold compresses.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek: Apply ice to injured areas. If there is bleeding apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, proceed to hospital emergency room.

Permanent Tooth Has Been Knocked Out: Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on gauze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk. The tooth may also be carried in the patient’s mouth. The patient must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.

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