HANDLING A DENTAL EMERGENCY

Dental Emergency Information

Below are frequent dental emergency issues. Emergency patients are welcome at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, MD. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please contact our office as soon as possible at (410) 730-6460.
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Relieving Tooth Pain

First, thoroughly clean the area surrounding the tooth that hurts. To remove any food between the teeth, rinse with a combination of warm water and salt. Never place aspirin on the affected tooth or the gum. To reduce swelling to the face, hold a cold compress to the swollen area. You can take acetaminophen to relieve the pain, as needed. Make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as you can.

Cuts Or Bitten Lip

You can place ice on the bruises. If an area is bleeding, use a sterilized gauze pad or clean piece of fabric and hold it against the affected area with gentle but steady pressure. If this method does not stop the bleeding or the bleeding has gone on more than 15 minutes, head to a local emergency room.

When a Tooth Breaks

Swish warm water around your mouth. Place a cold compress on the affected area of your face. Try to retrieve any portions of the broken tooth. See your dentist right away.

Injury That Knocks Out a Tooth

Find the tooth and pick it up by the top rounded end, not the bottom (root). Place the tooth under water to rinse but don’t try to clean it and avoid touching it any longer than you need to. Place the tooth back in its socket and use a sterile gauze pad or clean cloth to hold it there. If you cannot get the tooth back into its original position in your mouth, place it in a glass or cup with milk or water. Then seek immediate dental care.

Injuries to the Jaw

If you experience a jaw injury, use a towel or other piece of long, narrow fabric to tie around the mouth to keep it closed. Then seek emergency room care immediately.

Loss of a Baby Tooth

Bleeding may occur after the loss of a baby tooth. To stop the bleeding, put a folded gauze pad over the affected area. Apply pressure by biting down on the gauze for a quarter of an hour. If the bleeding does not then stop, visit a dentist.

Mouth Sores

Nonprescription medicines can help reduce discomfort. See a dentist if the sores do not go away.

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