Toothache

v-smile6.jpgBegin by meticulously cleaning around the sore tooth. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. Do not place an aspirin on the aching tooth or on the adjacent gum...it might burn the gum tissue. If you have facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen or ibuprofen is recommended. If the pain persists more than a day, please contact us.

Lacerated Lip, Cheek or Tongue

Ice can be applied to the traumatized areas (15 minutes on then 15 minutes off, etc.). For bleeding, apply firm pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure, or continues longer than 15 minutes, please call the office or go to the nearest emergency room.

Broken Tooth

Recover any of the broken tooth fragments. Rinse the area with warm water, and apply a cold compress over any soft tissue damage (15 minutes on then 15 minutes off, etc.). Please seek immediate dental attention and BE CERTAIN TO BRING THE BROKEN TOOTH FRAGMENT WITH YOU TO THE OFFICE.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root. Rinse, but do not scrub or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth into 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 of milk or water. Time is essential, so see a dentist immediately.

Possible Broken Jaw

In the event of a jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief. Go immediately to the nearest emergency room.

Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out

Fold a damp piece of gauze and place it with firm pressure over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes. If the bleeding continues, please see a dentist.

Cold Sores or Canker Sores

Cold sores and canker sores are different lesions and require different medications. Over-the-counter medications will sometimes provide temporary relief. If the sores persist, visit your dentist.