For urgent care, go to emergency/express care at your local hospital.
- Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek
- Carefully hold ice on area. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes, or if it cannot be controlled by simple pressure, go to dentist or emergency room.
- Knocked Out Tooth
- Find the tooth. Pick it up by the top (crown), not the root portion. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth much. Try to place back in its socket. Hold tooth in place by biting on clean gauze or cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup of milk or water. See a dentist immediately. Time is critical in saving the tooth.
- Broken Braces and Wires
- If a broken appliance can be removed easily, take it out. If not, cover the sharp or protuding portion with cotton balls, gauze, or chewing gum, cheek, or tongue. DO NOT remove it. Take the child to a dentist immediately. Loose or broken appliances which do not bother the child usually do not require emergency attention.
- Broken Tooth
- Rinse dirt from injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses over the face in the area of the injury. Locate and save any broken tooth fragments. Immediate dental attention is necessary.
- Bleeding after the Baby Tooth Falls Out
- Fold and pack a clean gauze or cloth over the bleeding area. Have the child bite on the gauze with pressure for 15 minutes. This may be repeated once, if bleeding persists, see a dentist.
- Cold/Canker Sore
- Usually over-the-counter solutions give relief. Because some serious diseases may begin as sores, it is important to have a dental evaluation if these sores persist or change shape, color, size, etc.
- Broken Denture, Bridge, or Plate
- Bring all the pieces with you. While it is usually not possible to "glue" it back together, having the pieces may assist the dentist in planning the repair. Do not attempt to glue in at home. The dentist will expedite the new order through the lab. In the meantime, temporary bridges, plates and dentures can keep you comfortable and confident in your smile.
- Abscess (or severely swollen gums)
- Make an appointment immediately! If that is not possible, go to your local emergency room or express care. It is an infection and it needs treatment. Don't attempt to treat this yourself. Abscesses are serious. Do not use ice. Do not place aspirin on tooth. Do not rely on over-the-counter medications.