Emergency Treatment

Tooth Ache or Broken Tooth

Rinse your mouth with warm salt water and floss to remove any debris in between the teeth.  If the tooth in 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 a dentist immediately. Emergency attention is usually not required for loose or broken appliances that cause no discomfort.

Broken Tooth

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 socket or place in container of warm milk of col water and bring immediately to the dentist. 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 a dentist.

Cold or Canker Sores

Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If sores persist, visit your dentist.

Object caught between teeth

Use floss to gently remove the debris.  If you are not successful, do not use sharp or pointed instrument, call to make an appointment.

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.