Common Dental Emergencies
True dental emergencies are rare, but you should always phone our office anytime something seems wrong with your braces. Most often we can instruct you over the phone on how to resolve the problem (temporarily) along with any discomfort you may be experiencing, as you can often fix your orthodontic issue on your own. However, we would still like you to phone the office on the next business day to schedule an appointment for Dr. Engel to take a look.
Begin by cleaning meticulously around the sore tooth. 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 the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen or ibuprofen is recommended. See a dentist 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.
Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury and recover any broken tooth fragments. Contact KinderSmiles immediately for an appointment.
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. Reinsert 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 water (good), milk (better) or a commercial tooth saver solution (best). Because time is essential, contact Dr. Engel at: 201-262-0211 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, make an appointment with Dr. Engel.
Cold or Canker Sores
Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are small sores inside the mouth that often recur. Generally lasting one or two weeks, the duration of canker sores can be reduced by the use of antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical agents. Over the counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If sores persist, contact Dr. Engel.