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FAQ

What should you do if you have a dental emergency?

Toothache
  • Immediately clean the affected tooth and the surrounding area.
  • Rise your mouth carefully with warm water and/or floss around the area to dislodge any stuck food.
  • Do NOT take aspirin or apply heat to the gum or tooth in question.
  • If your face is swollen, apply a cold compress to the area and call the dentist as soon as possible.
Cut/Bitten Lip, Tongue, or Cheek
  • Apply ice to affected areas to reduce swelling.
  • If there is bleeding, apply firm, yet gentle pressure with gauze or a soft cloth.
  • If the bleeding is not controlled by simple pressure, call your doctor or visit the nearest emergency room.
Knocked-out Permanent Tooth
  • Find the tooth, if possible. Handle it only by the crown (not the root).
  • The tooth should be rinsed with water only. Do not use soap.
  • Avoid unnecessary scrubbing or handling of the tooth.
  • Inspect the tooth for fractures. If the tooth is intact, attempt to reinsert it in its socket. Hold the tooth in place using gauze.
  • If the tooth cannot be reinserted, store the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s own saliva. You can also use milk.
  • Patients who are old enough may also carry the tooth in their mouth, sitting alongside the cheek.
  • Time is crucial in saving a tooth; ideally treatment would be done within two hours.
  • Make sure to see the dentist IMMEDIATELY!
Knocked-out Baby Tooth
  • Contact your pediatric dentist.
  • Do NOT attempt to re-implant the tooth into place.
  • Usually, this is not considered an emergency. Often, no treatment is necessary.
Chipped or Fractured Permanent Tooth
  • Contact your dentist immediately. Acting quickly can prevent infection and help save the tooth.
  • Rinse your mouth with water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling.
  • If possible, locate any fragments of tooth and bring them to the dentist.
Chipped or Fractured Baby Tooth
  • Contact your pediatric dentist.
Possible Broken/Fractured Jaw
  • Keep your jaw as stable as possible.
  • Limit all jaw movement.
  • Go to nearest emergency room.

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