Dental Emergency

Toothache

Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean out any debris. Use floss to remove any food that may be trapped in the cavity or in between the teeth. Use cold compresses to stop swelling. Do not use heat. Do not place aspirin directly on top of the gums, beside or on the tooth. If something is stuck in your teeth, try to remove the object with dental floss. Be careful not to cut the gum tissue. If you can't remove it and it is causing discomfort, call us (408)270-1120

Broken tooth

Clean the area with warm water. If the tooth is sharp and irritating your tongue, try placing some sugarless gum over the broken tooth until you can see us.

Knocked out tooth

Do not scrub or rub the tooth. Gently, without touching the root (portion of tooth that is below the gumline), rinse the tooth in milk or saline contact lens solution. If you can, put the tooth back into its socket immediately. If you can't re-implant the tooth, store it in milk or saline solution and bring it with you to our office immediately. Problems with braces and retainers If a wire is causing pain, cover the end with a small piece of wax or gauze. See your orthodontist if it is causing you too much discomfort to wait until your next appointment. If a wire is imbedded in the cheek, do not try to take it out yourself. If part of the braces or retainer is loose or broken, call your orthodontist for help.

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