Have a Dental Emergency....Don't Panic

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 is recommended. See a dentist as soon as possible.

Bitten or Cut Lip, Tongue, 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 or knocked out tooth

Recover the tooth or tooth fragment, 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.

If able 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, or it is just a tooth fragment, carry it in a cup containing milk or water. Because time is essential, see a dentist immediately.

Loss of baby tooth

Fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes; if bleeding continues, see a dentist.

For more serious emergencies....
call your Physician or 911 if necessary 
or go to your nearest hospital emergency room