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DENTAL EMERGENCIES

Accidents happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.  If you are not sure what to do, please call our office at your earliest opportunity.  Rest assured we will always make time for dental emergencies.

Here are some tips for common dental emergencies:

For a knocked-out permanent or adult tooth, keep it moist at all times. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place it in between your cheek and gums, in milk, or lastly, water and call us right away. There is sometimes a possibility that a knocked out tooth can re-attach to the tissue but we must see you immediately after the injury occurs.

For a cracked tooth, immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area. Put cold compresses on the face to keep any swelling down.

If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress.

For toothaches, rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between the teeth. Do not put aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues.

For objects stuck in the mouth, try to gently remove with floss but do not try to remove it with sharp or pointed instruments.

Please call us right away when you feel a dental emergency exists.  If you are not sure, please pick up the phone and give us a call.  We are always glad to answer your questions and put you at ease regarding any dental concerns at hand.

 


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