Philip D Moses, D.D.S.

Danielle Robinson, D.D.S.

631 W.College Street Lake Charles, LA 70605

EMERGENCIES

First Aid for Dental Emergencies

If you have an emergency after hours, please call our office at (337) 474 2563 and either Dr. Moses’ or Dr. Robinson’s phone number will be on the answering machine.

Tooth Ache

Begin by thoroughly cleaning around the sore tooth. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended. See a dentist as soon as possible.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.

Broken Braces and Wires

Remove a broken appliance only if it comes out easily. If it is lodged or painful to remove, cover any protruding edges with wax, cotton balls, gauze or chewing gum. If a wire is caught in the gums, cheek or tongue, DO NOT remove it. Take the child to a dentist immediately. Emergency attention is usually not required for loose or broken appliances that cause no discomfort.

Broken Tooth

Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Save any broken tooth fragments if you are able to locate them. Seek immediate dental attention.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Find the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. DO NOT scrub the tooth. Reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk or water. Because time is essential, see a dentist immediately.

Possible Broken Jaw

In the event of jaw injury, go immediately to an emergency room.

Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out

Fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes. If bleeding continues, see a dentist.