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Child on Swing holding cheekDental emergencies can be scary, especially when pain is involved, but with a quick response and the right early care, you can help the situation. Macon Smiles, as well as the American Dental Association, recommends that you familiarize yourself with the following dental emergency procedures in case you ever need to provide care for a dental emergency. Dr. Shah explains what to do below until you can visit our office.


The first step in treating a toothache is to meticulously clean around the sore tooth. Rinse thoroughly with warm salt water to dispel any trapped food particles. If there is facial swelling, consider applying a cold compress to the swollen area. If there is pain involved, acetaminophen is recommended for temporary relief. Under no circumstances should you use aspirin on the tooth or gums. Consult with Dr. Shah as soon as possible.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek

Apply ice to a cut or bitten tongue, lip, or cheek. If there is bleeding, gently apply a firm pressure using sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If bleeding continues past 15 minutes, go to an emergency room in Macon.

Broken Tooth

To treat a broken tooth, rinse with warm water and apply a cold compress over the injured area on the face. Recover any tooth fragments to take to the dental office with you.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Recover the tooth, ensuring only to hold it by the crown end (not the root end). Rinse the tooth, but do not try to clean it or handle it more than absolutely necessary. Place the permanent tooth back into the socket and hold it there using sterile gauze or clean cloth. If the tooth can't be reinserted to the mouth, carry it in a cup of water or milk. Visit our office immediately.

Possible Broken Jaw

If you suspect a broken jaw, tie the mouth closed with a tie, towel or handkerchief and go immediately to the emergency room.

Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out

Firmly hold a piece of sterile gauze or clean cloth directly over the bleeding area. If bleeding persists past 15 minutes, see Dr. Sheila Shah immediately.

Cold or Canker Sores

Typically, cold or canker sores can be treated with over-the-counter medications. If the sores are persistent, visit with Dr. Shah.

Further Questions or Make an Appointment

Dr. Shah is dedicated to the health and safety of her patients, so please don't hesitate to visit our office if you are having any kind of tooth pain or dental emergency. If you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment, please call us at (478) 757-8714.

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