In an EmergencyStay calm. Focus on stopping the bleeding and protecting the injured tooth or area by following the appropriate instructions in this section.Never take aspirin or ibuprofen for a dental emergency because they are anticoagulants which can cause excessive bleeding. To alleviate pain, take acetaminophen as directed on the packaging label.Injuries to your teeth and gums can result in infection or other complications -- so make sure you see your Dentist.If your emergency is life-threatening, dial 911 for Emergency Medical Services or go immediately to a hospital emergency room.Severe PainThe most common causes are debris lodged under the gum line, a lost filling or crown, a cracked or broken tooth, or an infection. Only a thorough examination by your Dentist can determine the underlying cause of severe pain.Until you see your Dentist, apply ice to the painful area for 10-20 minutes of every hour. To alleviate pain, take acetaminophen as directed on the packaging label.
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