Dental Emergencies

Dental Emergencies
Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water to wash out debris. Use dental floss to eliminate any food that might be wedged between teeth. If swelling is present, place cold compresses on the outside of the cheek. (Do not use heat or place aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues.) Contact our office as soon as possible.natasha and kids        natasha and one boy

Orthodontic Problems (Space Maintainer/Retainers/braces)
If a wire is causing irritation, call our office to schedule an emergency appointment; in the meantime, cover the end of the wire with a small amount of wax. If a wire is embedded in the cheek, tongue or gum tissue, do not attempt to remove it. If a cemented appliance becomes loose, call our office to schedule an emergency appointment. If a piece of a removable appliance breaks, have the patient stop wearing it and call to schedule an appointment.

Knocked-Out Tooth
If the tooth is not clean, rinse it gently in running water. Do not scrub it. Gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a cup of milk. Call our office immediately. (Treatment needs to be started within 30 minutes, if possible.) Don’t forget to bring the tooth.

Broken or Cracked Tooth
Carefully clean dirt or debris from the injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses on the face, in the area of the injured tooth, to minimize swelling. Call our office immediately.

Bitten Tongue or Lip
Apply direct pressure to the bleeding area with a clean cloth. If swelling is present, apply cold compresses. If bleeding does not stop, go to a hospital emergency room.

Objects Wedged Between Teeth
Try to remove the object with dental floss. Guide the floss carefully to avoid cutting the gums. If not successful in removing the object, contact out office. Do not try to remove the object with a sharp or pointed instrument.

Possible Fractured Jaw
Immobilize the jaw by any means (handkerchief, necktie, and towel). If swelling is present, apply cold compresses. Go immediately to the emergency room.

24 Hour Emergency Care
We are concerned about your child’s dental health.  We have a dentist on call after hours, seven days a week.  If your child needs emergency care and is a patient of record, please call 586-754-6300.