Emergency Dental Care
A Dental Emergency is no laughing matter.
Accidents do happen. Knowing what to do in a dental emergency can make the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
In the event of a dental emergency, please call the Oxford Smile Center immediately after applying first aid.
The following are a few first aid tips that may be helpful in the event of an emergency:
Objects Caught Between Teeth
Use dental floss to attempt to remove the object. Do not cut into the gums or use any sharp instruments. If you cannot free the object using dental floss, contact the Smile Center.
Rinse your mouth with warm water. Use dental floss or an interdental cleaner to ensure that no food is caught between the teeth. Do not place aspirin or any other painkiller directly against the gums because it may damage the gum tissue. Contact the Smile Center and describe your condition.
Clean the area by rinsing your mouth with warm water. Apply cold compresses to keep the swelling down. Call the Oxford Smile Center immediately.
Tooth Knocked Out
Hold the tooth carefully by the crown and rinse off the root of the tooth in water if it's dirty. Leave any attached tissue fragments. If possible, you may gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If you can not inset the tooth in the socket, place the tooth in milk and bring it with you to the Smile Center immediately.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
Gently clean the injured area gently with a clean cloth. Apply cold compresses to reduce any inflammation. If the bleeding persists, go to a hospital emergency room without delay.
Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Go to your dentist or a hospital emergency department immediately to receive x-rays and treatment.
Regardless of the emergency, if you have any doubts, seek medical attention immediately.
The Oxford Smile Center is one phone call away in the event of a dental emergency. Dr. Khoury takes dental emergencies very seriously and will provide you with the instructions or treatment that you require.
Please call:(248) 969-7645