Accidents do happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean
the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
1. Bitten Lip or Tongue
Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold compresses to
reduce any swelling. If the bleeding doesn't stop, go to a hospital
emergency room immediately.
2. Broken Tooth
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Use cold
compresses on the area to keep any swelling down. Call us
3. Cracked Tooth
This is a common problem. Click here to learn more. about the
treatment of Cracked Teeth.
4. Jaw-Possibly Broken
Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Call us immediately ,
or go to a hospital emergency department immediately.
5. Knocked Out Tooth
Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse off the root of the tooth
in water if it's dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached
tissue fragments. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in
its socket. If that isn't possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk
or saliva and get to our clinic as quickly as possible. Remember to
bring the tooth with you!
6. Objects Caught Between Teeth
Try to gently remove the object with dental floss; avoid cutting
the gums. Never use a sharp instrument to remove any object that is
stuck between your teeth. If you can't dislodge the object using
dental floss, contact your dentist.
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use
dental floss or an interdental cleaner to ensure that there is no
food or other debris caught between the teeth. Never put aspirin or
any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because
it may burn the gum tissue. If the pain persists, contact your