Dental Emergencies

Toothache

Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water to clean out debris. Use dental floss to remove any food that might be trapped within the cavity (especially between teeth). If swelling is present, place cold compresses to the outside of the cheek (Do Not Use Heat). Do Not place aspirin on gum tissue or aching tooth. Take the individual to the dentist.

Orthodontic Problems (Braces & Retainers)

A. If a wire is causing irritation, cover the end of the wire with a small cotton ball or a piece of gauze and take the individual to the dentist.

B. If a wire is embedded in the cheek, tongue or gum tissue, Do Not attempt to remove it. Take the individual to the dentist immediately.

C. If there is a loose or broken appliance, take the individual and the piece to the dentist.

Broken Tooth

Try to clean dirt or debris from injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses on face next to injured tooth to minimize swelling. Take individual to the dentist immediately.

Bitten Tongue or Lip

Apply direct pressure to bleeding area with a sterile or clean cloth. If swelling is present, apply cold compresses. If bleeding doesn’t stop readily or the bite is severe, take the individual to the dentist immediately.

Objects Wedged Between Teeth

Try to remove the object with dental floss. Guide the floss in carefully so as not to cut the gums. If unsuccessful, take the individual to a dentist. Do Not try to remove with sharp or pointed objects.

Possible Fractured jaw

If suspected, immobilize jaw by any means (handkerchief, towel) and take the individual to an oral surgeon or hospital emergency room.

Knocked Out Tooth

Gently rinse any loose dirt and debris from the tooth and immediately reposition tooth in socket. If unable to reposition tooth, store tooth (1) in milk, (2) inside the patient’s cheek, or (3) as a last resort, in water. Take the individual to the dentist immediately.

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