Should a dental emergency arise during office hours, call the office as soon as possible. Your child will be given every priority and will be seen immediately. After hours, Dr. Febres can be reached by calling the office at (281) 597-0404 which will be answered by a service who will contact Dr. Febres.
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, acetaminophen is recommended. Call Dr. Febres’ office as soon as possible.
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 after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.
Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Call Dr. Febres’ office as soon as possible.
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. Because time is essential, call Dr. Febres’ office as soon as possible.
Other Emergency Conditions:
Possible Broken Jaw
In the event of jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief. Call Dr. Febres.
Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out
Fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes; if bleeding continues, call Dr. Febres.
Cold or Canker Sores
Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If sores persist, visit Dr. Febres.