Toothache and Emergency First Aid

The first aid procedures listed below are designed to help parents manage childrens' tooth aches and other dental emergencies when our office is closed.

Toothache — Rinse tooth with warm water to clean out debris. Use over the counter pain relievers as directed. Use dental floss to remove debris trapped between teeth. If swelling is present, place cold pack on the area. Do not place Aspirin on the gum. Call your dentist for an emergency appointment.

Broken Tooth — Rinse area gently with warm water to remove debris. Place cold compresses on the injured area. Save the broken part if available. Call your dentist for an emergency appointment.

Knocked-Out Tooth — Rinse tooth gently in a cup of warm water to remove debris. Reinsert the tooth immediately. If not possible, go to the nearest dentist to have tooth re-implanted within 30 minutes. Time is critical.

Bitten/Injured Tongue of Lip — Apply direct pressure to the area with clean cloth. If swelling is present, place cold compresses. If bleeding continues, go to a hospital emergency room.

Orthodontic Problems — If the wire is causing irritation, push the wire away with a pencil eraser or cover end of the wire with a cotton ball or wax. If the wire is embedded in the cheek, do not attempt to remove it. See your dentist immediately. If an appliance gets loose or a part breaks, take the appliance and any broken part to your dentist for evaluation.