What to Do in a Dental Emergency

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Even if you practice proper dental hygiene and visit our office regularly, dental emergencies may occur. Dr. Valerie Foster and our team stress that you know what to do in these situations. There are things you can do at home to relieve discomfort and minimize damage before you come in to our office.

If you have a toothache, first rinse your mouth with warm water. Then gently floss the area to remove any food that is trapped around the teeth. Use a cold compress to reduce any swelling. You may take over-the-counter pain medication to relieve discomfort, but do not apply aspirin to the tooth or gums. See our dentist as soon as possible.

Chipped or Cracked Tooth
If you crack or chip a tooth, clean the area by rinsing with warm water. Save any tooth fragments in a glass of water or milk and bring them to our dental office with you immediately. Use a cold compress to reduce any swelling and discomfort.

Knocked Out Tooth
If a blow to the face or another accident has knocked out one of your teeth, rinse the tooth in water, but do not remove any gum tissue fragments. Try to gently reinsert the tooth into its socket. If you can’t easily reinsert the tooth, store it in a cup of milk or between your cheek and gums instead. Come to our dental office with the tooth as quickly as possible.

Contact our office at 503-649-7011 as soon as possible if you have a dental emergency to set up an appointment with our dentist in Aloha, Oregon.