First Aid for Dental Emergencies

First Aid for Dental Emergencies

Oct 15, 2018

For all of life’s emergencies, it is better to be prepared than unprepared. One kind of emergency many Overlook are dental emergencies. In the following article we will discuss first aid for dental emergencies that can save the life of your tooth.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

Is important to apply ice to bruised areas, and if there is bleeding, apply pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. In the case that the bleeding doesn’t stop after 15 minutes, take the child to a hospital emergency room.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

The most important part after getting your teeth knocked out is to find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the top, and not the root portion. Rinse the tooth with water, but don’t clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Try to reinsert the tooth into its socket by holding the tooth in place by biting down on a clean gauze or cloth. And the case that you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing milk or water.


It is important that you clean the area around the tooth by rinsing vigorously with warm water and salt. If your face is swollen following a toothache, apply cold compresses and call your child’s dentist as soon as possible.

Broken Tooth

If there are any dirt or debris on the injured area, rinse it with warm water. Apply cold compresses over the face, and locate any broken tooth fragments.

Other Emergency Conditions

Possible broken jaw: If you suspect that your child’s jaw is fractured, try to keep the draw from moving using a towel, ties, or handkerchief.

Bleeding after baby tooth falls out: Retrieve a clean gods and fold it and pack it over the bleeding area. Have your child bite on the gauze with pressure for 15 minutes.

Cold/canker sores: Over the counter medicines can give relief to cold or canker sores. If the stores persist, call your child’s dentist as soon as possible.

We Can Help in the Case of an Emergency!

If you or a member of your family is currently experiencing a medical or dental emergency, we highly recommend visiting a local health care clinic that can attend to your immediate needs. Here at Complete Dental Works in Teaneck, NJ, we pride ourselves in being a resource for all of our patients. IF you have a dental emergency, feel free to give us a call during working hours and we will do the best we can to see you as soon as possible!

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