Emergency Information

Tooth Ache

Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is recommended. See a dentist as soon as possible.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.

Broken Tooth

Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Get immediate dental attention.

Temporary Crown Has Fallen Out

You may use “temporary crown cement” found at the local pharmacy (Do not use any other type of cement other than the temporary crown cement found at the pharmacy). Clean the temporary as best as you can. Determine the correct orientation back onto the tooth. Mix and place a small amount of temporary crown cement as per the instructions and place a small amount into the temporary crown, insert on tooth, gently bite down on a piece of cotton or corner of towel in order to seat the crown completely. See your dentist as soon as possible to re-cement the crown correctly. If you are unable to find temporary crown cement, please remove the temporary crown. Keep the tooth as clean as you can and contact your dentist in order to re-cement the temporary crown for you. Bring the temporary crown with you to your dental appointment.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end. 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, see a dentist immediately.

Possible Broken Jaw

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

Cold or Canker Sores

Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If sores persist, visit your dentist.