Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, ibuprofen, extra strength aspirin or Tylenol is recommended. Please contact us for an appointment if the pain persists more than a day. Under no circumstances should you place aspirin on the aching tooth or gum and let it dissolve.
CUT OR BITTEN TONGUE, LIP OR CHEEK
Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm pressure with a sterile gauze or clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.
Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments and place them in clean water or milk. Seek immediate dental attention; sometimes we can replace the broken fragment with our bonding materials.
KNOCKED OUT PERMANENT TOOTH
Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket, and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk or water. Because time is essential, call us immediately. Reinsertion within the first hour has been shown to be the best treatment.
POSSIBLE BROKEN JAW
In the event of a jaw injury, stabilize the closed mouth with a towel, tie, or handkerchief. Go immediately to an emergency room.
BLEEDING AFTER A BABY TOOTH FALLS OUT
Fold a piece of gauze or tissue and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes. If bleeding continues, please call us.