Emergencies

STEPS YOU NEED TO FOLLOW IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO SEE US IMMEDIATELY

Toothache / Severe Pain / Facial Swelling?

  • Don’t worry. You’ll be fine. If your tooth or gums are hurting, please make sure you DO NOT TAKE ASPIRIN OR BABY ASPIRIN (it is a blood thinner). Call us right away!
  • Start by cleaning around the sore tooth. Make sure you get every side and corner of the tooth as well as you can.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water. (This will help loosen any trapped food between your teeth).
  • If your face starts swelling, just apply a cold compress to that area (like a bag of frozen peas).
  • For temporary pain relief, take an acetaminophen like Tylenol, NyQuil

Broken Braces / Wires? – Did your braces or wires break?

It happens. Don’t worry. Just remove the broken piece, if it comes out easily.

If the broken piece is stuck—or too painful to take out—just cover the edges that are poking out with wax, cotton balls, gauze, or chewing gum.

DO NOT REMOVE IF THE WIRE IS CAUGHT IN THE GUMS, CHEEK, OR TONGUE. CALL US IMMEDIATELY. But, usually, if a brace or wire becomes loose or breaks, and you can handle the discomfort or pain, no worries. Just see us as soon as you can.

Cut / Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek? – Did you cut or bite your tongue, lip, or cheek? Just put ice on the bitten area. If it starts to bleed, put firm (but gentle) pressure with a sterile gauze, or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room, or call us immediately.

Broken Tooth – It will be fine. It surprisingly happens a lot more than you think.

  1. Just rinse the area with warm water (to clean the mouth a bit).
  2. Try to collect any broken tooth fragments (that you can use later to fix it).
  3. Call us immediately

Knocked-out Permanent Tooth – I know it feels uncomfortable. But, it’s only for a little while. This is what you need to do:

  1. Find the tooth. (When you find it: Make sure you hold it from the “top part” of the tooth.)
  2. Rinse it under water for a few seconds.
  3. Re-insert the tooth in the socket, and hold it with a clean piece of gauze, or cloth. (If the tooth refuses to go back in, no worries. Just put it in a cup of water, or milk.)
  4. Call us immediately.

Possible Broken Jaw (Go to nearest hospital) – Just tie your mouth closed with a towel, tie, or handkerchief

Cold or Canker Sores – Over-the-counter medications, like Orajel, will usually help with temporary discomfort. If the sores don’t go away, see us right away.