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Even if you are taking care to practice proper dental hygiene and to attend your six month dental checkups, accidents can happen. In the case of a dental emergency, come to our office as soon as possible. Dental emergencies can be corrected if the issue is addressed quickly. It is important to know to handle the situation until you come to our office.

If you knock out your tooth…
Rinse the tooth in water, but do not scrub it. Try to put the tooth back in place, but do not force it. If the tooth will not reinsert, place it in a container of milk or a tooth preservation product. You can also place the tooth between your cheek and gums. It is important to keep the tooth moist and to come to our office right away.

If your child knocks out a baby tooth…
Find the tooth, keep it moist, and come to our office. Our dentist can determine if the whole tooth came out or just part of it. Our dentist will know if the tooth needs to be implanted again or not.

If you crack a tooth…
Rinse your mouth with warm water immediately. Use a cold compress on the face to keep swelling down. Come to our office.

If you bite your tongue or lip…
Gently clean the area with water and apply a cold compress. Use a moist piece of gauze or a tea bag to control the bleeding. Apply it to the area for 15 to 20 minutes. Come to our office if there is excessive bleeding, the bleeding doesn’t stop, or if you are in a lot of pain.

If you have a toothache…
Clean out your mouth by rinsing with warm water. Use dental floss to gently remove any food caught between the teeth. Do not put aspirin on your tooth or gums, as this can burn the tissue. If the pain doesn’t go away, call our office.

If an object is stuck in your teeth…
Use floss to gently try to remove it. Never use a sharp or pointed instrument. If you cannot remove it, see our dentist, as it can cause an infection.

We welcome you to contact our office to learn how our dentist can treat a dental emergency, and to schedule a visit.