EMERGENCY!!! EMERGENCY!! EMERGENCY!!!
When you unfortunately have a dental emergency, you should follow these guidelines and call Dr. Neely.
My tooth broke!
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Keep the piece that broke just in case it could be temporarily bonded back in place until something more permanent can be done. Most often it cannot be used, but it can be helpful at times. Call Dr. Neely immediately.
I have a toothache!
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Try to floss carefully between the teeth to make sure there is not something stuck. Try to pay attention to what causes it to hurt (hot, cold, chewing), if it does it spontaneously, and what makes it feel better. Call Dr. Neely as soon as possible and don’t place an aspirin next to the tooth.
My tooth got knocked out!
If it is dirty, hold the tooth by the crown and not the root. Gently rinse the debris from the root with water. Do not touch or scrub the root. It has fibers that need not be disturbed. Try to place the tooth back into place. If you cannot, place the tooth in milk and get to the dentist as soon as possible. Timely reinsertion is very important.
I bit my tongue or lip!
Clean the area and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. If the bleeding does not stop, go to the emergency room because you might need sutures.
I think I broke my jaw!
Place a cold compress to help with swelling. Go to the emergency room and ask for an oral surgeon.