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outdated health information.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
First Aid for Dental Emergencies
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.