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Are you or someone in your family is in a dental emergency? Stay calm and call Academy Park Dental Assoc. in Lakewood, Colorado at 303-987-2121 immediately. You can also follow these simple instructions for advice on what to do while waiting for the dentist.

Toothache

Take a teaspoon of salt and mix it with a cup of tap water. Now give it to the afflicted person to gargle over the sink. An over-the-counter anti-inflammatory (ibuprofen, naproxen or aspirin, for example), an oral anesthetic if you have that handy, or a cold ice pack to hold to the cheek can provide pain relief and reduce swelling.

Chipped Teeth

Give the injured individual warm water to spit into a bowl and rinse out any teeth fragments. Save the larger pieces of tooth in a glass of cold milk or water and bring them to your appointment with Dr. Cathy Fermelia. You can also apply a cold compress to the cheek as there may be swelling.

Loose or Missing Teeth

Cold water can rinse the mouth of any blood. Advise the injured person to avoid moving the tooth if it is only loose. A clean tissue or towel will hold a loose tooth in place. If the tooth is completely dislodged, place it in a glass of cold water or milk to preserve it until you see Dr. Cathy Fermelia. Offer an ice pack to reduce pain or swelling.

Fractured Jaw

This injury may be best addressed in the ER or with an oral surgeon. Meanwhile, have the injured person rinse with water to remove any blood. Help your family member be comfortable in a reclined chair or bed, warning him or her to keep his or her jaw very still.

Academy Park Dental Assoc. understands the worry and urgency of an emergency. Call us at 303-987-2121 to receive fast, first-class dental relief.