A First Aid Guide to Dental Emergencies
Cut or Bitten Mouth: Apply wrapped ice to bruised area. If bleeding, apply gentle pressure with clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding doesn’t stop after 10-15 minutes, or if heavy and can’t be controlled by pressure, go to nearest emergency room or under care center.
Permanent Tooth Knocked Out: Quickly locate the tooth and pick it up carefully, touching the crown (top) and not the root if possible. Rinse the tooth if needed, but don’t clean or handle it unnecessarily. If the tooth is whole (not broken or cracked), gently reinsert it in its socket. Hold the tooth in place by biting down on clean gauze or cloth. If you can’t reinsert it, transport it in a cup of milk or water. This helps keep the root alive until you can see us. Timeliness is crucial to help save the tooth!
Broken Tooth: Rinse dirt or debris from injured area with clean, warm water. Place a cold compress over injured area of face. Find and save any pieces of broken tooth you can. See us IMMEDIATELY.
Toothache or Sore Gums: Thoroughly clean around sore area. Rinse by swishing warm salt water and/or try to dislodge trapped food or debris with dental floss. Don’t put aspirin directly on teeth or gums, but do take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen to help ease the pain until you can see us. If your face is swollen, apply a cold compress or bag of frozen peas.
Possible Broken Jaw: Try to keep the jaw from moving by using a towel, tie, or handkerchief. Get to the nearest emergency room or urgent care center.
Bleeding After Baby Tooth Falls Out: Have child bite down on clean, folded gauze or cloth over the bleeding area for 15 minutes. Repeat once if necessary, but call Clarence Street Dental Group if bleeding continues.
Cold Sores/Canker Sores: Usually over-the-counter preparations bring relief until sores heal. Because some serious diseases can begin as sores, let us know if sores worsen and/or persist.