Toothache

Clean the area around the sore tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm salt water or use dental floss to dislodge trapped food or debris. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or apply a cold compress. Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain and see a dentist as soon as possible.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

First, find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the top (crown), but do not touch the root portion. You may rinse the tooth gently in cool water, but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily, and DO NOT use soap!  Hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean gauze or cloth. Transport the tooth in a cup containing milk or water. See a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.

Broken Braces and Wires

Call office immediately, 949-493-3993.

Appliance: If a broken appliance can be removed easily, take it out. If it cannot, cover the sharp or protruding portion with a cotton ball, gauze, or chewing gum.

Wire:  If a wire is stuck in the gums, cheek, or tongue, DO NOT remove it. Get to orthodontist  immediately.

Loose or broken appliances which do not cause a bother usually do not require emergency attention. Call to schedule appointment to repair loose or broken appliances.