Stay Calm In An Emergency
Toothache or Broken Tooth
Rinse your mouth with warm salt water and floss to remove any debris in between the teeth. If the tooth is broken, you can use orthodontic wax to fill the broken area. Use OTC medications to provide relief until you can schedule a visit with Dr Sue.
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.
Broken Braces and Wires
Remove a broken appliance only if it comes out easily. If it is lodged or painful to remove, cover any protruding edges with wax, cotton balls, gauze or chewing gum. Do not remove any wire caught in the gums, cheek or tongue. See Dr. Sue immediately. Emergency attention is usually not required for loose or broken appliances that cause no discomfort.
Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Seek immediate dental attention.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Gently clean the tooth with warm water- do not scrub. Try to place the tooth back into its socket or place it in a container of warm milk or cold water and bring it immediately to Dr. Sue. Apply a cold compress to the injured area.
Possible Broken Jaw
DO NOT MOVE THE JAW. Secure the jaw in place by tying a necktie or towel around the jaw and over the top of the head. Go to the emergency room immediately.
Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out
Fold a piece of gauze and place it tightly over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes. If bleeding continues, see Dr. Sue.
Cold or Canker Sores
Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If sores persist, visit Dr. Sue.
Object caught between teeth
Use floss to gently remove the debris. If you are not successful, do not use sharp or pointed instruments.
Problem with braces and retainers
A broken bracket or broken wire needs to be evaluated by your orthodontist, but you can use a cotton ball or orthodontic wax to cover the area until your visit.
Call Us If You Have A Dental Emergency
If you are suffering from a dental emergency, it is important to contact us as soon as possible. Call us and schedule an appointment today. Contact Marcotte Dental in Farmington Hills, MI, by calling (248) 426-0011.