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Emergency Care




Dr. Steven Baldwin and  Dr. Cynthia Scipioni     415-387-5711     24-7

   Berkeley Office  Tuesday and Friday               510-486-0775

   San Francisco Office                                       415-387-7711

     Monday, Wednesday and Saturday


If you cannot reach the doctors, after a reasonable period of time try:


Dr. Damir Mitrovic                                               415-967-9076

San Francisco dental society                                415-928-7337


If these do not get what you need call 911 or go the nearest hospital emergency.





BLEEDING:   if you can, rinse with salt water to clean, and apply strong pressure for 10 to 30 minutes. You can use a clean towel, gauze, Band-Aid or a tea bag; the tannic acid in tea bags may help stop bleeding.  If there was recent surgery the pressure may need to be allied for up to 2 hours.


PAIN:  ice, at least 20-30 minutes.

800mg of ibuprofen, if no medical contraindications, or whatever over the counter pain medication you use.

Ground clove, salts and baking soda mixed or alone in a thick solution or packed around area.  Be careful not to burn the skin.


LOST FILLING:  if it is not sensitive or sharp call a dentist as soon as you can during business hours. It is seldom any emergency.  If it is a food trap or sensitive you may pack wax, gum or an over the counter temporary dental material.  If it is sharp take a piece of fine sandpaper on a fingertip or Emory board and sand it down.

 If you LOST SOME TYPE OF CROWN you often can just put it back in and it will stay fairly well.  You can dry the tooth and crown and put a couple drops of denture adhesive in the crown and put it back. Practice first!  If it will not go down easily, leave it off, just be careful eating and see dentist ASAP.  Always take the restoration with you.


INFECTIONS:  thick salt or Epsom salt water rinses. Hydrogen peroxide rinses but watch the tissue response. You can hold a very wet, hot, towel covered with Epsom salt against the cheek for 20 -30 minutes, over the effected area.


PARTIALLY AVULSED (KNOCKED OUT) TEETH:  rinse well with water, salt water, baking soda and water, or milk. Push the tooth back in place, bite down to check the bite and hold the tooth in the correct position, see a dentist / oral surgeon ASAP


AVULSED (KNOCKED OUT) TEETH:  rinse mouth well with water, salt or baking soda and water, or milk.  If you have the tooth rinse it also but do not scrub it or touch the root surface.  If this is done quickly put the tooth back in the socket and bite down to check the bite, position, and hold it in place.  After about 20 minutes it will most likely not go right back in.  Put the tooth into a container with the material you rinsed out with.  See a dentist / oral surgeon ASAP.