emergency

 

 

Emergency Care in our office

  • New Patients / Inactive Patients
    may phone (618) 988-8130 during
    regular office hours.

Emergency attention outside of
regular hours may be difficult to
provide due to absent or
outdated health information.

  • Active Clients should
    phone (618) 988-8130
    and assistance will be
    provided.

Toothache
Knocked Out Permanent Teeth
Broken Tooth
Cut or bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek
Possible Broken Jaw
Bleeding After Baby Tooth Loss


 

First Aid for Dental Emergencies

Toothache

Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm saltwater to dislodge trapped food.  Also use a toothpick, or tie a knot in a piece of dental floss, to clean away debris between teeth.  The best over-the-counter products for toothaches are aspirin and ibuprofen-like compounds (Motrin, Aleve, generic), Acetaminophen (Tylenol) is minimally effective. DO NOT hold aspirin in the mouth as it is an acid and will cause chemical burn.  Immediately see a dentist.

Knocked Out Permanent Teeth

Find the tooth, and handle it by the smooth top (crown).  You may rinse the tooth but DO NOT clean the root portion or handle unnecessarily.

Attempt to reinsert the tooth into its socket.  If the root is not dirty or damaged from mishandling, this is your best opportunity for successful reattachment, so just do it!  Hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth.

Contact a dentist immediately.  If reinsertion is not possible, carry the tooth in milk or place in water if milk in unavailable.  Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth by replacement.

Broken Tooth

Rinse the dirt from injured area with warm water.  If front teeth are involved, locate and save any broken tooth fragments for possible reattachment.  Immediate dental attention is advised when the involved tooth is sensitive to water or air.

Cut or bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek

Apply ice to the injured area.  Apply firm but gentle pressure with a clean cloth if there is bleeding.

Possible Broken Jaw

If a blow to the jaw area results in the teeth not seating properly together, a fractured jaw is possible. Try to keep the jaw from moving by using a towel, tie, or handkerchief wrapped over the head and under the chin. Contact a dentist or proceed to a hospital emergency room.

Bleeding After Baby Tooth Loss

Fold and place clean gauze or cloth over the bleeding area.  Have the child bite on the gauze with pressure for 15 minutes.  This may be repeated once, but if bleeding persists you should contact a dentist.