Time-Sensitive & Serious Emergencies

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Broken Tooth

A broken tooth is a serious dental emergency, and we encourage you to seek immediate dental attention. After breaking a tooth, try to recover as many of the broken tooth fragments as you can. Rinse the area with warm water, and apply a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Once you’ve recovered the pieces of tooth and cleaned the area with warm water, please seek immediate medical attention.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

A knocked out permanent tooth is one of the most serious dental injuries on our list. In the case of a knocked out tooth, recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth into 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 of milk or water. Time is of the essence, and you must seek immediate medical attention in order to save the tooth.

Broken Jaw

Your jawbone can be With a broken jaw, the most immediate symptoms include severe pain, swelling, and bleeding. In fact, your whole face can swell, making your jaw very stiff. In the event of a jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief. Go to the emergency room immediately.

Other Dental Problems


Toothaches can be incredibly uncomfortable and painful. If you’re experiencing a toothache, first start by meticulously cleaning around the sore tooth. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. Do not use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. If you are experiencing facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, we recommend acetaminophen or ibuprofen. That all being said, if the pain persists for more than 24 hours, please contact us immediately.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

If you cut or bite your tongue, lip or cheek, first apply ice to any bruised or tender areas. If there is any bleeding, gently apply firm pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues longer than 15 minutes, please go to the nearest emergency room.

Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out

Losing a baby tooth can be very exciting! But sometimes bleeding may occur where the tooth once was. While you’re waiting for the tooth fairy, fold a piece of gauze, and place it over the bleeding area. Once the gauze is in place, bite down on the gauze for approximately 15 minutes. If the bleeding continues, please see your Chapel Hill, NC dentist.

Cold or Canker Sores

While Cold sores or canker sores can be very uncomfortable, they are not serious problems Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If the sores persist, visit your dentist.

Contact Your Chapel Hill, NC Family Dentist Today!

At Clifton & Mauney, the safety and wellbeing of our patients is our top priority. If you’re looking for an outstanding family dentist in the Chapel Hill, NC area, you’ve come to the right place! If you have any questions, please call us today at (919) 933-1007. If you need immediate medical attention, call (919) 933-1007 for Emergency Assistance!