Dental First Aid Cumming

Minimize the Damage to Your Smile

Smiling man in gray suit sitting at table after dental first aid in Cumming

Whenever you find yourself in the midst of dealing with a dental emergency, contact our Cumming dental office for first aid guidance or refer to the dental first aid instructions we’ve provided below. Taking immediate action will help minimize the possibility of additional oral damage as well as help relieve some of your pain. Our team will try to fit you into our schedule as soon as possible to offer a permanent solution to your situation.

Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out

Smiling baby with only two lower teeth

Fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes—if bleeding continues, contact us right away.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek

Close up of wide open mouth with tongue sticking out

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 or Injured Jaw

Woman holding the side of her jaw and wincing in pain

In the event of jaw injury, tie the mouth closed by wrapping a towel, tie or scarf snugly around the head. Go immediately to the emergency room.

Broken Tooth

Close up of mouth with a broken upper front tooth

Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments and place them in a cup of milk or fresh water. Get immediate dental attention.

Knocked-Out Permanent Tooth

Person holding a knocked out tooth in their hand

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, contact us immediately.


Man wincing in pain and holding his cheek

Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. NEVER place aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. This could create a painful sore.

In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. For temporary pain relief, over the counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be taken at the recommended dosage as long as there are no contraindications due to allergies or other medical conditions. Contact our office for an appointment as soon as possible.