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Emergency Information

Helpful Information to know in the Event of an Emergency

We care about your health and the health of your family. If you are experiencing a dental emergency you may find some of the following information helpful. If you feel that your emergency is severe, please do not hesitate to go to the nearest emergency room.

My Tooth Hurts

A family treated by Dr. Bruce Burton.When one of your teeth is aching it could be a sign of a bigger problem. You need to make arrangements to see us as soon as possible so that we can examine the tooth and determine the cause of the discomfort.

In the meantime, you should make sure that that tooth is as clean as you can get it. Gently clean the area around the tooth and rinse your mouth with warm salt water in order to remove any hidden pieces of food that may be lodged around the affected tooth.

If your face is swelling, you can treat the swelling by applying a cold compress to the swollen area. Remember that ice applied directly to your skin can actually damage your soft tissues; to avoid this it is best to wrap the cold compress with a towel before applying it to your skin.

If you need to use a painkiller, acetaminophen is probably your best choice; please avoid aspirin.

I Had One of My Permanent Teeth Knocked Out

The first thing you need to do is acquire the tooth that was knocked out. Do not touch the root end of the tooth. You may rinse the tooth but do not attempt to clean it and handle it as little as possible. If you are able to put it back in its socket you should do so and hold it there with a clean cloth. If you cannot reinsert it, place it in a container with milk or water in it and bring it with you to our office.

It is important that you move quickly! The longer you wait before being treated, the greater the chance of permanent injury.

I Think I Broke My Jaw

If you feel your jaw is broken you need to immobilize it by tying a towel or other piece of cloth around your head so as to immobilize your jaw. You should head to the emergency room.

My Child Lost a Baby Tooth

Simply place a clean cloth over the empty socket and hold it there until the blood stops. If the bleeding persists, come see us.

I Broke My Tooth

Rinse the injury with warm water and if you are experiencing any swelling in the area of the injury use a cold compress as noted above. Retrieve any pieces of the tooth and bring them with you immediately to our office.

I Injured My Tongue, Lip, or Cheek

If you cut or bite yourself apply pressure with a clean cloth. If the bleeding continues for more than 15-minutes go to the emergency room.

Depending on the severity of the injury either reach out to us at (541) 632-6355 or make a trip the the emergency room. Be safe!

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Hood River, OR 97031
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