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Dental Emergencies

If you or someone you know has an accident, please call us as soon as possible 24 hours a day.
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When You Might Need Us

The first 30 minutes after an accident are the most critical to treating dental trauma.
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Here are a few scenarios you might be facing: 

  • Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
    • Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root portion.
    • You may briefly rinse the tooth with saline or milk, but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily.
    • Inspect the tooth for fractures.
    • If it is not broken, try to reinsert it in its socket. Have the patient keep the tooth in place by biting on a gauze.
    • If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing milk. Time is critical. Seek immediate dental care!
    • Note: Primary (baby) teeth are not generally replaced in the socket as this can damage the permanent tooth underneath; however, prompt care by a dentist is recommended.
  • Broken Tooth
    • Rinse dirt from the injured area with warm water.
    • Place a cold compress over the site of the injury.
    • Locate and save any broken tooth fragments.
    • Immediate dental attention is necessary.
  • Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
    • Rinse the mouth or area of injury with warm salt water, or hydrogen peroxide diluted with water (50% water and 50% hydrogen peroxide).
    • If the patient’s lip or cheek is swollen, apply cold compresses.
    • Take the patient to a dentist.
  • Toothache
    • Clean the area of the affected tooth thoroughly.
    • Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge impacted food or debris.
    • DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or the aching tooth. 
    • If the patient’s face is swollen, apply cold compresses.
    • Take the patient to a dentist.
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