Dental Emergencies

Dental Emergencies


Bleeding after an extraction.

1. Slight bleeding after an extraction is normal. Clots usually form within one hour if you follow doctor’s post-op instructions.

2. Place a thick gauze pad over the extraction site and apply pressure by biting on the gauze.

3. Avoid rinsing, drinking or eating for at least one hour following the extraction

4. After 24 hours rinse the area with warm salt water (1/2 tsp. salt in 8 oz of water) after eating to keep the site clean.

5. Avoid sucking, spitting and smoking.

Pain after 36 hours following extraction (Dry Socket)

1. Contact your dentist. You may be having a “Dry Socket” or infection.

Numbness continues after extraction.

1. If the tooth has been extracted on the lower back area, it is possible that you may not regain full sensory feelings immediately.

2. After 24 hours, contact your dentist to let him know your symptoms.

Fractured Jaw

1. If your jaw hurts when it is moved or you cannot close your mouth in a normal manner, immobilize the jaw with a towel or tie.

2. Go to the doctor/hospital. A blow to the head can be especially life threatening to a child. They can give you treatment and tell you if you need to see the dentist.

Broken Denture, Bridge, or Plate

1. Save all the parts of your broken denture, bridge or partial.

2. Call your dentist.

3. If it is possible it may be repaired or it may need to be replaced as soon as possible.

Delayed healing of extraction site.

1. If you are still unhealed one week after an extraction, you need to go to the dentist for an x-ray to see if a root or tip or fragment is still embedded.

DO NOT wait to see your dentist.