In a dental crisis, give us a call immediately. Even after our office hours, we can offer emergency dentistry help, and you can contact us through our cosmetic dentistry practice. We are always here to assist with emergency dentistry care. Below are tips on dealing with dental emergency situations:
Give us a call if you have recently had dental work such as veneers, crowns, root canal, or even whitening and are experiencing a toothache or tooth pain. It is not unusual to have some lingering sensitivity after treatment that a mild pain reliever will treat. We can answer any questions. Be prepared to let us know if your teeth are more sensitive to hot or cold or sweets. If emergency dentistry care is needed, we are here for you.
Broken, Chipped, or Fractured Tooth
If you have chipped or broken a piece off of a tooth, first rinse the tooth with warm water, then use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Try to locate and save the tooth fragment that has broken off. Call us immediately for emergency dentistry care.
Knocked Out Tooth
If your tooth has been knocked out, find the tooth and rinse it with water (no soap), taking care to only touch the crown of the tooth (the part you can see when it’s in place). Try to place the tooth back in its socket and hold it in place with a clean towel or cloth. If you can’t return the tooth to its socket, place it in a clean container with milk. In either case, call us immediately and/or head to the hospital. If you act quickly, it’s possible to save the tooth by using our emergency dentistry procedures.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
If you have bitten your lip or tongue severely enough to cause bleeding, clean the bite gently with water and use a cold compress (a cold, wet towel or washcloth pressed firmly against the area) to reduce or avoid swelling. If you are unsure how serious the bite is, give us a call.
Object Caught In Teeth
If you have something caught between your teeth, use dental floss to gently remove it. Never use a metal, plastic, or sharp tool to remove a stuck object. If you are unable to remove the item with dental floss, give us a call.
If your child has a very loose tooth, it should be removed to avoid being swallowed or inhaled. If an adult tooth is loose, contact us regarding your dental emergency.
If you are experiencing tooth pain, rinse your mouth with warm water and inspect your teeth to be sure there is nothing caught between them. If the tooth pain continues, use a cold compress to ease the tooth pain. Do not apply heat or any kind of aspirin or topical pain reliever directly to the affected area, as this can cause damage to the gums. Over the counter pain relievers may be taken orally to relieve the tooth pain. Schedule an emergency dentistry care appointment immediately.
Use a cold compress to reduce swelling if you think you are suffering from a broken jaw. Broken jaws are dental emergencies. Please call us immediately or go to the hospital.. In many cases a broken jaw is the result of a blow to the head. Severe blows to the head can be dangerous and even life-threatening.
If you aren’t suffering from any of these afflictions, you can prevent them.
You can help avoid a dental emergency by being very careful with foods that can damage your teeth. For example, never chew on ice and be very careful with popcorn and hard foods. If any member of the family plays contact sports, we always recommend wearing a mouth guard. Ask us about a custom-fitted mouth guard and the additional protection it can provide.
The best defense against dental problems is regular brushing, flossing, and staying on track with your regular visits to our general dentistry office.
If you think you have a dental emergency of any kind, don’t hesitate to call!