Emergencies

We understand that an emergency on a week end or when the office is closed is an urgent situation to you. We take that very seriously.... rest assured we will contact you in quick time as soon as we hear from you. Call (504) 394-5330.

Tooth Ache

Begin by meticulously cleaning around the sore tooth. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. Do not use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. If you have facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen (Tylenol) is recommended. If the pain persists more than a day, please contact our office and set up an appointment to evaluate the condition of your tooth.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure, or continues longer than 15 minutes, please go to the nearest emergency room.

Broken Tooth

Recover any of the broken tooth fragments. Rinse the area with warm water, and apply a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Please call us immediately for dental attention.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth into 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 of milk or water. Time is essential, so see a dentist immediately, under one hour!

Possible Broken Jaw

In the event of a jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief. Go immediately to the nearest emergency room.

Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out

Fold a piece of gauze, and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Instruct your child to bite down on the gauze and time your child for 15 minutes. If the bleeding continues, please see a dentist.

Cold or Canker Sores

Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If the sores persist, give us a call....we can set up an appointment and make recommendation for your comfort.