Dental Emergency

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What should I do if I knock out a tooth?

Find the tooth and gently rinse it with cool water (Do not attempt to scrub or clean it). Without touching the root try to reinsert it in the socket. If this is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk and take it your dentist as soon as possible. Call your dentists emergency number if you have to, the sooner you act the better chance you have of saving the tooth.

What if a tooth is broken or chipped?

Immediately contact your dentist. Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and rinse the mouth with cool water. Quick action can help reduce the chance of infection and further dental trauma.

What do I do if I suffer a severe blow to the head or a jaw injury?

Immediately go to the emergency room of your local hospital. A blow to the head can be life threatening.

What can I do for my child’s toothache?

Call your pediatric dentist and visit the office promptly. Rinse the mouth with water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling and ease the discomfort. Do not put heat or aspirin on the sore area.

What should I do when mouth tissue is bruised or bleeding?

For a cut or bitten tongue, lip or cheek, apply ice to bruised areas. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, do go to a hospital emergency room.

What if there is a swelling in my mouth?

If any part of your mouth, jaw, lips or face start swelling due to a dental problem you should seek help as soon as possible. Swelling can often be caused by infection. If the swelling is severe enough to cause eye swelling, if you have trouble swallowing, or start to run a fever, call your dentist immediately, or go directly to a hospital emergency room.

What to do when I have a cold or canker sore?

We occasionally suffer from “cold sores” or “canker sores”. Usually over-the-counter preparations give relief. It is important to have a dental evaluation by your dentist if these sores persist.


Dr. Mira makes no warranties, express or implied, as to results to be obtained from use of the above information, help for the dental emergency. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for personal, medical and/or dental attention or diagnosis. Without all available information about a patient, it is impossible to make a diagnosis. Help and answers are in the form of general ideas. Only you, your dentist and health care provider can make an appropriate treatment decision in an emergency or for everyday care and dental treatment.