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Petersen Family Dentistry
123 West Francis Avenue, Suite 104
Spokane, WA 99205
Emergency Info
Tooth Ache
Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. 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, ibuprofen or acetaminophen is recommended. See us as soon as possible.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek
Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room. Some cuts may require sutures.

Broken Braces and Wires
In most cases, it is best to call your orthodontist if you have complications with your braces. If a wire is poking your cheek, it can often be trimmed with a fingernail clipper or a small ball of orthodontic wax can be placed on the sharp wire. Emergency attention is not usually required for loose or broken appliances that cause no discomfort.

Broken Tooth
If a tooth breaks, it is best to call our office as soon as possible. The recommended treatment is dependent upon the extent of the break. Often, small chips can simply be smoothed, while more extensive fractures may require a full coverage crown. After a tooth breaks, the edges of the tooth or filling can be very sharp, so be sure to avoid contacting the area with your tongue.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Recover 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. 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. To improve the chances of saving the tooth, it is critical to see us immediately.

Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out
Fold a piece of gauze and place it over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes; if bleeding continues, call our office.

Cold or Canker Sores
Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. Prescription medications exist to treat cold sores, but they are only effective if taken at the very first sign (tingling sensation) of a cold sore. For those who are prone to getting cold sores frequently, it is helpful to have a prescription on hand. Both cold sores and canker sores usually run their course within 7-10 days. If sores persist longer, please call our office.

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123 West Francis Avenue, Suite 104, Spokane, WA 99205



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