Dental Emergencies

Tooth Ache

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Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously  Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth.  UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum.  In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to he area.  For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended.  See Dr.Mc Kinley as soon as possible.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
Ice can be applied to any bruised areas.  For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth.  If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.

Dental Emergencies

Broken Tooth
Rinse the area with warm water.  Put a cold compress over the facial areas of the injury.  Recover any broken tooth fragments.  Call Dr. Mc Kinley immediately for an appointment.

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Dental Emergencies

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end.  Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary.  Re-insert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth.  If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk or water. because time is essential, see Dr. Mc Kinley immediately.
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Other Dental Emergencies:

Possible Broken Jaw
In the event of jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief.  Go immediately to an emergency room.

Bleeding after a Baby Tooth Falls Out
Fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area.  Bite down on teh gauze for 15minutes; if bleeding continues, see Dr. Mc Kinley.

Cold or Canker Sores
Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief.  If sores persist, visit Dr. Mc Kinley.