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Tooth Chips and Fractures
If you chip or break a tooth, rinse your mouth with water to remove any broken pieces. If there is bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for about 10 minutes or until the bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek, or lip near the broken/chipped tooth to keep swelling down and relieve pain. See your dentist as soon as possible.
Dental Emergency for Injuries: What If I Break a Tooth?
Injuries to the soft tissues including the tongue, cheeks, gums, and lips can result in bleeding. To control the bleeding:
Avulsed Tooth or Teeth
An avulsed tooth is one that has been knocked out. If you have an avulsed tooth:
Dental Emergency for Injuries: What If I Knock Out a Tooth?
Baby, Toddler, or Young Child Gums or Baby Teeth Injuries
Broken Braces and Wires
If a wire breaks or sticks out and is poking your cheek, tongue, or gum, try using the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire into a more comfortable position. If you can't move the wire, cover the end with orthodontic wax, a small cotton ball, or piece of gauze until you can get to your orthodontist's office. Never cut the wire, as you could end up swallowing it or breathing it into your lungs.
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