Dr. Perry’s Emergency Care Guidelines
Emergency Number : (708) 799-9755
Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Use dental floss to remove any food that might be trapped between the teeth. Do not place aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues. Call the office soon as possible at 708.799.9755.
If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently in running water. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. Gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a cup of milk, or when milk is not available, in a cup of cool water. Go immediately to your dentist (within 30 minutes if possible). Don’t forget to bring the tooth!
Gently clean dirt from the injured area with warm water. Place cold compresses on the face, in the area of the injured tooth, to decrease swelling. Call the office immediately at 708.799.9755.
Bitten Tongue or Lip
Apply direct pressure to the bleeding area with a clean cloth. If swelling is present, apply cold compresses. If bleeding does not stop, go to a hospital emergency room.
Objects Caught Between Teeth
Try to remove the object with floss. Guide the floss carefully to avoid cutting the gums. If you’re not successful in removing the object, call the office at 708.799.9755. Do not try to remove the object with a sharp or pointed instrument.
Possible Broken Jaw
Do not move the jaw. Secure the jaw in place by tying a handkerchief, necktie, or towel around the jaw and over the top of the head. If swelling is present, apply cold compresses. Go immediately to a hospital emergency room, or call the office at 708.799.9755.
Remember: Being prepared for a dental emergency is no accident.
It takes a little time and thought, but by knowing what to do before it happens, you may someday save a tooth – yours or someone else’s.
Note: All information is for general purposes and is not intended to substitute for professional care.