If you are experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911. If you have any of the below issues, please call our office immediately for emergency assistance! To expedite your care, please add our office's number, (765) 236-1570 to your contacts so that if an emergency happens you can reach us immediately!
We've also included some pain-alleviating tips you can use until you make it into our office.
Rinse out your mouth with warm saltwater to dislodge trapped food between your teeth. If you have facial swelling, use a cold compress and acetaminophen for temporary relief.
For bleeding, apply pressure with sterile gauze to reduce the chance of infection and complication. Use your better judgment as well; if the cut looks significant, and the bleeding does not seem to be subsiding, visit or contact an emergency room.
Rinse the area with warm water. and place a cold compress over the site of the injury. If you can, recover any broken tooth fragments. If possible, save the tooth fragment and rinse both your mouth and the salvaged tooth pieces with warm water.
Recover the tooth and hold it by the crown (top), not the root. Rinse, but do not over-clean or over-handle. Put and hold the tooth in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If reinsertion is impossible, carry the tooth in a cup of milk or water. Stopping the bleeding is most important. Don't remove any attached tissue, they help re-secure the tooth!
If a wire breaks or sticks out of a bracket in your braces and pokes around your mouth, try and push it to a non-bothersome position. If you can't do this, add a cotton swab until you can see your provider. Leave the wire as is. You may swallow it if cut.
Over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen can provide temporary relief as well. Use only as directed. An abscess is a serious infection that typically occurs in the gumline around the teeth. If left alone, infections might spread to the body. Visit your emergency provider as soon as possible if you discover pain or swelling in the gums.