Knocked out or displaced tooth
Should you ever have a tooth knocked out or moved out of position, time is very important. The sooner the tooth is put back in place the better.
Small Tooth Fracture (Chipped tooth, when less than 1/4 of the tooth has broken)
Small fractures (when less than 1/4 of the tooth has broken) can be smoothed by Dr. Neuhaus with a sandpaper disc or repaired with a composite restoration (bonding). In either case, you should treat the tooth with care and call Dr. Neuhaus.
The fractured tooth may be sensitive to temperature extremes or to biting. Keep the fractured area clean by gently brushing, if you can not get to Dr. Neuhaus right away. Severe pain is unusual with a small fracture.
Larger Tooth Fractures (when more than 1/4 of the tooth has broken)
The fractured tooth may be sensitive to temperature extremes, biting or it may ache.
If you are having pain it is usually an indication that something is wrong. It may be a tooth, the gums, the bone, the jaw joint or the muscles that move your jaw.
The first thing concerning most patients is pain relief. Aspirin, Tylenol or Advil are good pain relievers and should be tried first, provided you can use them. Make sure to follow proper dosing instructions. They only work by swallowing them. Do not place aspirin/Advil/Tylenol on the aching tooth or gum. They will burn the lining of your mouth.
Rinse the mouth with warm water. Floss to remove any food that might be trapped between the teeth. See Dr. Neuhaus as soon as possible.
The tooth may be sensitive to temperature extremes, biting or it may ache.
Lost Temporary Crown/Filling
Occasionally, even with careful wearing, temporaries will become loose. This is normally not an emergency. The tooth will not become infected or decayed if the temporary is missing for a short period of time. However, the underlying tooth may feel sensitive to food and drink.
If your temporary dislodges and you are unable to seek immediate dental care...
Injuries to the Soft Tissues of the mouth (lips, cheek, tongue)...
Injuries to the inside of the mouth include tears, puncture wounds and lacerations to the cheek, lips or tongue.
Bitten Tongue or Lip
Bleeding from a tongue laceration can be reduced by pulling the tongue forward and using gauze or a clean cloth to place direct pressure on the wound area.
If the bleeding doesn't stop, go to a hospital emergency room.
Objects Caught Between Teeth
Do not attempt to remove the object with sharp or pointed instruments which could cut the gums. Instead, carefully guide dental floss between the teeth and rinse vigorously with warm water. If this doesn't work, call Dr. Neuhaus.
Possible Broken Jaw
Do not move the jaw. Secure the jaw in place by tying a scarf, handkerchief, necktie or towel around the jaw and over the top of the head.
Apply cold compresses to swollen areas. Go immediately to a hospital emergency room or call Dr. Neuhaus.
Should any part of your mouth, jaw, lips or face start swelling due to a dental problem you should seek help as soon as possible, as this often is caused by infection.
If the swelling gets bad enough that your eye starts to swell closed, you start having trouble swallowing, or you start running a fever, call Dr. Neuhaus immediately, or go directly to a hospital emergency room.
Problems with Braces and Retainers
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Wilmette Dental, Ltd
344 Linden Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091
Monday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Tuesday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM
Wednesday: 8:00AM - 2:00PM
Thursday: 1:30PM - 7:30PM
Saturday: 8:00AM - 2:00PM (alternating)
Outside our regular business hours, please note our emergency care information.