toothache pain

No matter how cautious we might be, we all know that accidents can happen. In the unfortunate circumstance that a tooth is cracked or knocked out, knowing what to do in an emergency can be the difference between saving and losing a tooth.

For a knocked-out tooth:

  1. Keep calm and always be reassuring to an injured child.
  2. Stop or control any bleeding by applying pressure.
  3. Keep the tooth moist at all times.  If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root.  If that's not possible, place it in a wet towel.  
  4. Then, get to your dentist's office right away.

For a cracked tooth:

  1. Immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area. 
  2. Put cold compresses on the face to keep any swelling down.
  3. See a dental professional to check the tooth or injured area.

If you bite your tongue or lip:

  1. Clean the area gently with warm water.
  2. Apply a cold compress.
  3. If bleeding persists see a dental professional as soon as possible or go to the hospital emergency room.

For a toothache:

  1. Rinse out mouth with warm water.
  2. Use dental floss to remove any food that may be trapped between the teeth.
  3. For swelling apply a cold compress on the outside of the cheek.
  4. Do not use heat or place aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissue.
  5. See a dental professional as soon as possible.
If you would like more information about what to do in case of a dental emergency, give us a call at (218) 326-3437.