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Clean the area of the affected tooth throughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge impacted food or debris. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. If face, neck or eye is swollen apply cold compresses and go to the hospital emergency room. Call the dentist or oral surgeon immediately.
Broken Filling or Loose Crown
Clean the area of the affected tooth throughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge impacted food or debris. Call the dentist during business hours.
Broken Braces and Wires
If a broken appliance can be removed EASILY. take it out. If it cannot, cover the sharp or protruding portion with wax or soft sugar-free chewing gum. Asymptomatic loose or broken appliances do not usually required emergency attention, Call the dentist or orthodontist during business hours. If a wire is stuck in the gum, check or tongue, DO NOT remove it. Take the patient to their treating orthodontist immediately.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
Apply ice to bruised areas. If there is bleeding apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, take to hospital emergency room.
Gently Rinse dirt from injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses over the face in the area of injury. Locate and save any broken tooth fragments. Immediate Dental Attention is Necessary.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
1. Remain Calm 2. Quick Action 3. Keep Moist 4. See the Dentist
Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root portion. You may gently rinse the tooth but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to reinsert it in its socket ASAP. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a guaze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patients saliva or milk. The tooth may also be carried in the patient's mouth. You may also transport the tooth in a Save-A-Tooth container. Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth. The patient must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY!
Possible Fractured Jaw
If a fractured jaw is suspected, try to immobilize the jaws by using a towel, tie, or handkerchief, and take the patient to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Bleeding After Baby Tooth Falls Out
Fold and pack a clean gauze over the bleeding area, have the child bite on the gauze with pressure for 15 minutes. This may be repeated once. If bleeding persists, see the dentist.
Cold or Canker Sores
Many children occasionally suffer from cold or canker sores. Usually over the counter children's pain medications give symptomatic relief. However, many serious systemic and oral diseases mimic or begin as sores, it is important to have a dental evaluation during business hours.