Dental Emergencies at Your Macon Dentist

Dental emergencies can be scary, especially when pain is involved, but with a quick response and the right early care, the situation can be remedied. Dr. Shah and her dedicated staff, as well as the American Dental Association, recommend that you familiarize yourself with the following dental emergency procedures in the case that care is needed. Follow the steps for each emergency outlined below until you are able to visit Macon Smiles for an emergency appointment.


A young child is holding his face with a toothache.A toothache may signal a small issue, or it may be a sign of something much more serious such as gingivitis, or periodontal disease. 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. Acetaminophen is recommended for temporary pain relief. Under no circumstances should you use aspirin on the tooth or gums. Consult with Dr. Shah as soon as possible to identify the cause of the toothache and formulate a treatment plan.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek

If any part of the tongue, lip, or cheek has been cut or bitten, apply ice to the affected area immediately. 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, and make an appointment at Macon Smiles. We will consult with you to establish whether the tooth can be repaired using its fragments and provide any alternative options if necessary.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Unfortunately, some instances may result in the loss of a permanent tooth. In these cases, 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, and do not handle it more than absolutely necessary, as it is important to keep handling to a bare minimum. Place the permanent tooth back into the socket and hold it in place using sterile gauze or clean cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted to the mouth, place it in a cup of water or milk, and visit our office immediately. Your dentist at Macon Smiles will discuss treatment options, including any tooth replacement treatments, such as crowns and bridgework, that will restore your smile.

Possible Broken Jaw

There are many instances such as sports injuries which may cause damage to the jaw. If a broken jaw is suspected, tie the mouth closed with a tie, towel or handkerchief and go immediately to the emergency room for treatment and emergency care.

Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out

When children lose their baby teeth, there is typically some light bleeding. This can be alleviated by firmly holding a piece of sterile gauze or clean cloth directly over the bleeding area. However, in some cases, bleeding may be abnormal. If the bleeding seems excessive or if it persists past 15 minutes, see Dr. Sheila Shah immediately. 

Cold or Canker Sores

While inconvenient, painful and bothersome, cold or canker sores do not present an immediate risk to your oral health. Typically, they can be treated with over-the-counter medications. If you or a loved one has problems with persistent sores, visit with Dr. Shah to discuss causes and treatments that can help alleviate pain and resolve the issue.

Contact Macon Smiles For Dental Emergencies

We at Macon Smiles are dedicated to the health and safety of our patients. In the event that you are having any kind of tooth pain that does not relent, or if any of the above dental emergencies occur, follow the steps outlined and then immediately contact our office at (478) 757-8714. If you have any questions about dental emergencies or any of our services and treatments, reach out to us at our contact page, or request your appointment online. Macon Smiles is here to help you maintain a healthy smile that will last for years to come!