Emergency Dental Info for VA

Mouth Pain Issues and How to Address Them

Tooth Ache

To alleviate the pain of a toothache, start by cleaning the sore tooth and its surrounding areas thoroughly. Get rid of any food particles possibly trapped in the mouth by rinsing it with warm salt water. Don’t apply aspirin directly onto the aching tooth or the gums. If you have swelling on your face near the tooth pain, apply a cold compress on the area. Acetaminophen can help with the pain. If it persists after a day or two, however, it’s time to call your dentist.

Bitten or cut tongue, cheek, or lip

To relieve bruising in the area, apply ice. If there is bleeding, apply firm yet gentle pressure with a clean cloth or a sterile gauze pad. If bleeding persists longer than 15 minutes, call your doctor.

Broken wires in braces

Remove a broken dental appliance only if it comes off easily. If doing so causes pain, however, stop trying to remove it, instead opting to cover all protruding edges using cotton balls, wax, gauze, or even gum. If a wire gets caught in the tongue, gums, or cheek, you may need to call your dentist or orthodontist to take care of it. Or, it may be possible to clip off the offending wire and set an appointment to have it fixed.

Broken tooth

If you break a tooth, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress over the area of the injury because there will be pain. Keep all the broken tooth fragments you can find and immediately call your dentist.

Knocked out permanent tooth

Recover the tooth, holding it by the crown, not the root. You can rinse the tooth but handle it as little as possible. Next, reinsert the tooth into its socket by holding it in place using a clean cloth or piece of gauze. If it cannot be reinserted, keep the tooth inside a cup of water or milk and see your dentist right away.

Possible broken jaw

If you think you may have broken your jaw, minimize movement of your jaw. Tie your mouth shut with a towel, a tie, or a handkerchief. Head immediately to the emergency room.

Bleeding after baby tooth falls out

Use a piece of gauze to apply tight pressure onto the bleeding site. Bite on the gauze for 15 minutes. If the bleeding persists, call your dentist.

Cold or canker sores

Over-the-counter medications can provide relief, as does rinsing with salt water solution. If the sores persist, see your dentist.