Emergency Information

Emergency Information


Begin by cleaning meticulously around the sore tooth. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between the teeth. Under no circumstance should you place an aspirin directly on the aching tooth or gum. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary relief of pain, Tylenol or Advil is recommended. Please contact us for an appointment if the pain persists more than one day.

Bite or Cut Tongue, Cheek, or Lip

Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with a sterile gauze or clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.

Broken Tooth

Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Save any broken tooth fragments. Contact us immediately.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Save the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root. Rinse but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. If possible, re-insert the tooth into the socket. Hold it in place using a clean gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be re-inserted, place it inside your cheek or in a cup containing milk. Because time is of the essence, contact us immediately.

Possible Broken Jaw

In the event of jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a neck tie, towel, or handkerchief. Go immediately to an emergency room.

Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out

Fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes. If the bleeding continues, contact us.

Cold or Canker Sores

Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If sores persist, contact us.

See Post-Op Instructions for additional information