Toothache

First, thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water. Use dental floss to remove any lodged food. If your mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. Take what you normally would take for a fever or a headache (Tylenol or Advil) as prescribed on the bottle.  NEVER INGEST MORE THAN BOTTLE RECOMMENDATIONS!!!!  Email the office first thing in the morning.  appointments@smile-designs.com .

Chipped or broken teeth

Save any pieces. Rinse the mouth using warm water; rinse any broken pieces. If there’s bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep any swelling down and relieve pain. Hit the button below:

Knocked-out tooth

Retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth), and rinse off the tooth root with water if it’s dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, try to put the tooth back in place or find the closest, fastest person that could do it. Make sure it’s facing the right way. Never force it into the socket. If it’s not possible to reinsert the tooth in the socket, put the tooth in a small container of milk (or a cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt, if milk is not available) or a product containing cell growth medium, such as Save-a-Tooth. In all cases, see your dentist as quickly as possible. Knocked out teeth with the highest chances of being saved are those seen by the dentist and returned to their socket within 1 hour of being knocked out.  Hit the button below:

Extruded (partially dislodged) tooth

If possible, try to put the tooth back in place or find the closest, fastest person that could do it.  See your dentist right away. Until you reach your dentist’s office, to relieve pain, apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever (such as Tylenol or Advil) if needed.  Hit the button below:

Objects caught between teeth

First, try using dental floss to very gently and carefully remove the object. If you can’t get the object out, see your dentist. Never use a pin or other sharp object to poke at the stuck object. These instruments can cut your gums or scratch your tooth surface.  Email the office in the morning appointments@smile-designs.com.

Lost filling

Keep the area or hole as clean as possible with a toothpick or toothbrush.  Anything trapped for a prolonged period of time, especially sugary foods, can cause a severe fast growing cavity. See your dentist as soon as possible. appointments@smile-designs.com .

Lost crown

If the crown falls off, make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible and bring the crown with you. appointments@smile-designs.com   If possible, slip the crown back over the tooth.  If you can’t get to the dentist right away, you can use a very small amount of chewed up sugarless gum, flower/water paste mixture or denture adhesive to help secure the crown until you see your dentist.  Do not use super glue! Do not leave the crown off for an extended amount of time.

Abscess

Abscesses are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. Abscesses are a serious condition that can damage tissue and surrounding teeth, with the infection possibly spreading to other parts of the body if left untreated.  Because of the serious oral health and general health problems that can result from an abscess, see your dentist as soon as possible if you discover a pimple-like swelling on your gum that usually is painful. In the meantime, to ease the pain and draw the pus toward the surface, try rinsing your mouth with a mild salt water solution (1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day. If you are having trouble opening your mouth, swallowing or breathing, call 911 or get to an emergency room as soon as possible.  This is a life-threatening issue. Hit the button below:

Soft-tissue injuries

Injuries to the soft tissues, which include the tongue, cheeks, gums, and lips, can result in bleeding. To control the bleeding, here’s what to do:

  • Rinse your mouth with a mild salt-water solution.
  • Use a moistened piece of gauze or tea bag to apply pressure to the bleeding site. Hold in place for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • To both control bleeding and relieve pain, hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • If the bleeding doesn’t stop, see your dentist right away or go to a hospital emergency room. Continue to apply pressure on the bleeding site with the gauze until you can be seen and treated.  Hit the button below: