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Does your child have a severe toothache? Has your spouse knocked out a permanent tooth? Has someone injured his or her mouth? Stay calm and call Houston smiledocs in Houston, Texas at 713.784.6855. If you’ve already done so and are wondering what to do before the emergency dental appointment, just follow these instructions:

1. Mix a teaspoon of salt with tap water and instruct the suffering person to gargle.
2. Offer an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen, naproxen or aspirin. Tylenol or Advil will not do the trick.
3. Apply a cold compress to the cheek to numb the pain and aid in reducing swelling.

Chipped Teeth
1. Give the patient warm water to rinse and remove any teeth fragments. Ask them to spit out any fragments into a bowl.
2. Transfer the larger pieces of tooth from the bowl to a glass of cold milk or water. This will preserve the fragments. You’ll want to save these pieces to bring to your appointment with Dr. Randall L. Farmer & Isabelle M. Farmer.
3. Apply a cold compress to the cheek to reduce any possible swelling.

Loose or Missing Teeth
1. Rinse the mouth with cold water to remove any blood, being careful not to damage the tooth’s placement if its roots are still partially in place.
2. Obtain a fresh tissue or towel to hold the tooth in place. If the tooth has already fallen out, put it in a glass of cold water or milk instead to preserve it for when you see Dr. Randall L. Farmer & Isabelle M. Farmer.
3. Apply a cold compress to the cheek to remedy any pain or swelling.

Fractured Jaw
This emergency may be best treated in a hospital emergency room or with an oral surgeon. In the meantime:
1. Carefully rinse the mouth with water to remove any blood.
2. Have the patient sit in a reclined position or lie down and make them feel as comfortable as they can be. Ask him or her to keep the jaw as still as possible.

Houston smiledocs understands the urgency of these situations. Call us at 713.784.6855 to receive quick, quality dental relief.