Emergencies

Severe Toothache(s)

  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and Ibuprofen (Advil) maybe taken and contact us as soon as possible. Do not place aspirin directly on the gums or tooth as it may cause a burn. Clean the painful area as best you can using a brush and floss, and rinse with warm salt water. 


Lost/Knocked-out (Avulsed) Tooth

  • If a permanent tooth is knocked completely out, contact us for an emergency appointment.  If the person and the tooth is treated within the first half hour, a re-implantation (putting it right back in) can be done with a good outcome.  Locate the lost tooth, and holding it only by its crown (do not touch the roots of the tooth), gently rinse, and do NOT scrub. If possible, gently place the tooth back in its socket as a means of transport.  Otherwise a cup of milk, salt water, saliva, or water can be used. You can also tuck the tooth between the cheek and gums.  DO NOT allow the tooth to dry out. A "loose tooth transport" kit may be used as well and can be found at your local convenience store.


Loosened Tooth (Extrusion)

  • If a tooth is pushed inward or outward, gently reposition it using light finger pressure. Do not force the tooth in. Stabilize the tooth with a moist tissue or gauze and make an emergency appointment right away. 


Broken/Chipped Tooth

  • Rinse the mouth with warm water to keep it clean. If possible, locate the tooth fragment, clean and transport it in the same fashion as a knocked-out tooth. Schedule an emergency appointment immediately; it often is possible to reattach the fragment. 


Soft Tissue Injury

  • A soft tissue injury is when the tongue, lips or cheeks are cut or punctured. If there is bleeding, apply firm pressure with gauze or a clean cloth. If there is a lot of bleeding or does not stop within 15 minutes, schedule an emergency appointment or proceed to a hospital emergency room as stitches may be necessary. Otherwise, clean the area with warm water using a gauze or clean cloth and apply an ice compress to the bruised/swollen area.