Quick Guide to Dental Emergency

Handling a dental emergency can be tricky when you or a loved one is in pain, but a quick and appropriate

reaction can help save a tooth in danger. It is good to become familiar with these dental emergency procedures

just in case you ever have a dental emergency

KNOCKED OUT TOOTH

– hold the tooth by the crown and rinse the root in water if it’s dirty. Do NOT scrub it or remove any attached

tissue fragments. If you can, gently place the tooth back in its socket or store it in a cup of milk and head for the

dentist (with the tooth) immediately

BROKEN TOOTH

– rinse your mouth with warm water to keep the area clean and apply cold compresses on your face to reduce

swelling. Go to the dentist immediately

BITTEN TONGUE OR LIP

– clean gently with a cloth and applying cold compresses to reduce swelling. If bleeding is heavy or doesn’t stop

after a short time, seek immediate treatment from your dentist or emergency room

TOOTHACHE

– rinse your mouth with warm water, gently floss to remove food that may be trapped around it and see your

dentist as soon as possible. Do NOT apply aspirin to the tooth or gum tissues

JAW INJURY

– needs immediate attention at your dentist’s office or the emergency room. Apply cold compresses on the way to

reduce swelling

BRACES – SHARP WIRE

– cover the wire end with a small cotton ball, beeswax or a piece of gauze until you can get to the dentist. Seek

immediate treatment if a wire gets stuck in the cheek, tongue or gum tissue, but don’t try to pull it out yourself