Dental Emergencies

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TOOTHACHES:

Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Use dental floss to remove any food that might be trapped between the teeth. Take over-the-counter pain relievers but do not place aspirin directly on the tooth or surrounding gum tissue. If swelling is present, a general rule of thumb is to apply warm, moist heat and call your dentist immediately.

pain caused by a dental injuryKNOCKED-OUT TOOTH:

If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently in running water. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. Gently insert and hold the tooth in the socket if this is possible. If not, place the tooth in a cup of milk or a cup of cool water. Go immediately to your dentist so that the tooth may be re-implanted and fixated.

BROKEN TOOTH:  Gently clean dirt from injured areas with warm water. Place cold compresses on the face in the area of the injured tooth and immediately call a dentist. If the broken fragment can be found, take it with you. Control any bleeding that may be present with pressure compresses.

OBJECTS CAUGHT BETWEEN TEETH:  Try at first to remove the offending object with gentle flossing. Guide the floss carefully to avoid soft tissue trauma. If you are not successful with floss, call your dentist. Do not try to wedge or pry the object out with a sharp or pointed instrument such as a pin or a toothpick.

BITTEN TONGUE OR LIP:  Apply direct pressure to the affected area with a clean cloth to slow or stop bleeding. If swelling is present, apply ice to the area. If bleeding does not stop, call your dentist or go to the hospital emergency room. This type of injury has a high infection rate, so antibiotics are often suggested.

POSSIBLE BROKEN JAW:  If you suspect a jaw fracture, do not move the jaw. Secure the jaw in place by tying a handkerchief, necktie, or towel around the jaw and over the top of the head. If swelling is present, apply cold compresses. Go immediately to a hospital emergency room or call your dentist.