Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth carefully. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to move any food trapped between teeth. NEVER use aspirin on an aching tooth or on the gum. In the event of facial swelling, put a cold compress on the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended. Contact us 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.
Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Contact us as soon as possible.
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, contact us as soon as possible.
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.
Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out
Fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes; if bleeding continues, contact us as soon as possible.
Cold or Canker Sores
Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If sores persist, call us to schedule an appointment.