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Dental Emergencies

Updated: Sep 22, 2023

When an accident occurs it’s easy to panic—especially when teeth are involved. To help you feel more prepared in case of a dental emergency, here are some tips:

  • If an adult (permanent) tooth is knocked-out, you must keep it wet. If you can, place the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If there is dirt or debris on the root, gently rinse the tooth under water and then seat the tooth in the socket. If you are unable to place the tooth back in your mouth, store it in milk and call your dentist immediately.

  • If you crack a tooth—rinse with warm salt water and ice the area to keep swelling down.

  • If you bite your tongue or lip, gently wash it with water. You may ice if necessary.

  • For a toothache, gently floss to remove food debris and rinse with lukewarm water. Take Ibuprofen or Advil to keep tooth pain at bay until you can be seen by your dentist. Do not put aspirin on the tooth or gums because this can create a tissue burn.

  • If tooth debris is lodged in the mouth, try to gently remove with floss. Avoid using any sharp or pointed instruments.

Simple precautions to avoid dental emergencies:

  • Wear a mouthguard when playing sports or partaking in recreational activities.

  • Do not chew ice, popcorn kernels or hard candy.

  • Do not use your teeth to open packages.

As always, if you experience an emergency or have a dental concern, please call 614-882-2249.

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