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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, contact our dentist as soon as possible. Many 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. Gently try to put the tooth back in place. If the tooth will not reinsert easily, place it in a container of milk. 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 you crack a tooth…
Rinse your mouth with warm water. Place a cold compress on the face to reduce swelling. Come to our office as soon as possible.

If you bite your lip or tongue…
Gently clean the area with water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. Come see us 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. Never put aspirin on your tooth or gums, as this can damage the tissue. If the pain persists, call our office.

If an object is stuck in your teeth…
Use floss to try to remove it. Be very gentle. Do not use a sharp or pointed instrument. If you cannot remove it, see our dentist, as the caught object can cause pain or an infection.

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