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If you are ever in an oral emergency, there are steps you can take to minimize the damage before you reach professional assistance. An oral emergency often consists of an accident to your mouth that could be permanent and one that oftentimes must be treated immediately.

With the help of a few simple steps and the guidance of Cottage Grove Dental, together we can make some oral emergencies much less likely to cause serious damage. Listed below are some helpful remedies for oral emergencies:

– If you have chipped or broken any teeth, if possible, try to save the teeth. To minimize bleeding, rinse your mouth with warm water and use gauze directly on the area. To dull the pain and to keep swelling down, use a cold compress against your cheek. Keep the damaged teeth moist at all times. If a tooth has been knocked out, it may be possible to be put back into place if you visit our dentist immediately.

– If you have lost a filling, try using a piece of sugarless gum to temporarily cover the cavity.

– If you have lost a crown, you can temporarily use clove oil to dab on the sensitive area. If you wish to temporarily slip the crown back over the tooth, coat the inside of the crown with dental cement or a denture adhesive.

– If you have broken your braces or wires, try to temporarily reposition the broken part back into position. If you cannot, try to cover the end of the break with a cotton ball or piece of gauze. To avoid additional health hazards, do not attempt to cut off or remove the broken parts.

The most important thing you can do in an oral emergency is to seek out our dentist immediately. Cottage Grove Dental can be reached by calling us at 541-942-7934 or visiting our office in Cottage Grove, Oregon. In severe cases, go to the emergency room at the nearest hospital. In less severe cases, you can arrange an appointment with Dr. Brent Bitner by calling us today.