The Steps You Should Take If You Have A Dental Emergency

Your tooth has fallen out, you’ve bitten through your lip, or you have a fever accompanying a toothache. What should you do? When you have a dental emergency, you need to see your dentist as soon as possible. However, there are additional actions you can take.

You Have Lost A Tooth

  • Replant the tooth in your mouth. Do not touch the root; clean it with milk or water if it is dirty.
  • If you cannot replant the tooth, keep it moist by storing it in milk, a tooth preservation solution, or your own mouth.

You Have Bitten Your Lip And Tongue Hard

  • Gently wash the area with water.
  • Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling.
  • Slow bleeding by pressing a gauze pad to the area.

You Have Chipped A Tooth

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it.
  • Apply a cold compress outside the face to bring down swelling.
  • If bleeding, apply a gauze pad to the area until it stops (about 10 minutes).

You Have A Toothache

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water.
  • Gently floss your teeth.
  • Apply a cold compress to reduce swelling.
  • Take a mild pain killer (but do not place it directly to the tooth because it can burn oral tissue).
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