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As much as we’d like to avoid them, dental emergencies can sometimes happen. Dr. Carole Gleich DDS and our team stress the importance of acting quickly to lessen the damage. Of course, it is important to visit our dentist (or a medical doctor) as soon as possible if there is a dental emergency. We are happy to offer the following tips on what to do before coming to our office.

Bitten Tongue or Lip
If you bite your tongue or lip, gently clean the area with a cloth and then use a cold compress to lessen any swelling. In the case that the bleeding doesn’t stop quickly or is heavy, contact our office or the emergency room immediately.

Toothache
If you or your child is suffering from a toothache, set up an appointment at our office as soon as possible. A toothache is a sign of a more serious problem. To ease discomfort, try swishing warm salt water or placing a cool compress on the cheek. Over-the-counter pain medication can also be helpful.

Chipped Tooth
In the case of a chipped or cracked tooth, contact our office immediately. Gather any pieces of tooth and place them in cold milk or water to bring to our office. Be careful of the edge of the damaged tooth, as it could cut the soft tissues of the mouth. Rinse your mouth with warm water to remove any debris. To reduce any swelling, apply a cold compress.

We urge you to contact our dental office in Shawnee Mission, Kansas, as soon as you can if you experience a dental emergency. Our team is here to answer any questions that you may have.