Emergency Information


Toothache
Begin by meticulously cleaning and flossing around the affected tooth/teeth. Occasionally a toothpick will dislodge food debris that floss will not. A warm salt water rinse will soothe sore gums. We recommend aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain. Do not place aspirin directly to the gum as this will burn the tissue. In the event of facial swelling, place a cold compress on the site for 20 minutes-on, then 20 minutes-off. Repeat as needed. Call the office—847-446-9250—to get instructions on how to reach Dr. Beuttell directly.

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.

Broken Braces and Wires
Remove a broken appliance only if it comes out easily. If it is lodged or painful to remove, cover any protruding edges with wax, cotton balls, gauze or chewing gum. Do not remove any wire caught in the gums, cheek or tongue. Call your orthodontist immediately. If you cannot reach your orthodontist, call Dr. Beuttell's office at 847-446-9250 to get instructions on how to reach Dr. Beuttell directly. Emergency attention is usually not required for loose or broken appliances that cause no discomfort.

Broken Tooth
Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments. Call Dr. Beuttell's office at 847-446-9250 to get instructions on how to reach Dr. Beuttell directly.
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 in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk. Because time is essential, call Dr. Beuttell's office at 847-446-9250 to get instructions on how to reach Dr. Beuttell directly.


Other Emergency Conditions:

Possible Broken Jaw
In the event of a jaw injury, immediately go to an emergency room or call an Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon. Call Dr. Beuttell’s office 847-446-9250 to get instructions on how to reach Dr. Beuttell directly so he can guide you as to the best course of action.

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. Beuttell's office at 847-446-9250 to get instructions on how to reach Dr. Beuttell directly.

Cold or Canker Sores
Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If sores persist, call Dr. Beuttell's office at 847-446-9250 to get instructions on how to reach Dr. Beuttell directly.

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