Begin by cleaning out all food trapped in and between teeth. Under no circumstances should you hold aspirin on the aching tooth or gum. In the event of facial swelling, go to emergency room. For temporary pain relief ibuprofen or acetaminophen is recommended.
Knocked out permanent tooth
Recover tooth, making sure not to touch the root end of tooth. Rinse gently with milk or sterile water. Reinsert tooth in socket within 60 minutes and hold stable with gauze or towel. If tooth can’t be reinserted, place it in a cup containing milk. See dentist immediately.
Cut lip or tongue
For bleeding, apply firm pressure with gauze or clean cloth. Hold for 15 minutes. Remove and reapply if bleeding persists. Go to emergency room if bleeding continues.
Cold sores are viral lesions which can reoccur. They heal in 10-14 days. They are contagious if on lips. Control contact with others. Over-the-counter medications such as soothe-n-seal can help pain. See your doctor for medications that work when they first break out.
These sores form inside the mouth and heal in 10-14 days. They can be brought on from stress, chocolate, nuts, mouth rinses and certain toothpastes.
Over-the-counter medications such as kanka and soothe-n-seal bring temporary relief to the area.
Crown came off
Clean out the inside of the crown to remove food debris and bacteria. Clean food debris off of tooth. Place a sticky toothpaste inside crown and orient the crown back on to the tooth. This may hold until you can see the dentist.
Cold and hot tooth sensitivity
This can be caused by decay, cracks in fillings, fractures in the enamel or receding gums. If your gums have pulled down, exposing the once covered root, thermal sensitivity can occur. Try brushing with a full tube of sensodyne toothpaste, which will seal up the sensitive root structure. If pain persists, see the dentist to evaluate the problem.
Possible broken jaw
In the event of a severe jaw injury, do not try to open jaw. Tie mouth closed with a tie or handkerchief. Go immediately to an emergency room.
Broken orthodontic braces and wires
If a wire is lodged, broken or is painful try to gently remove it. Otherwise, cover any protruding edges with gum, cotton balls, wax or gauze. If a single bracket is broken or moves, immediate attention is usually not required, as long as it isn’t causing any discomfort.