What is a Dental Emergency?
Emergencies can happen at any time, and we are here to help. We will do what we can to try and fit you into our schedule.
Unsure if you are experiencing a dental emergency? The following are common dental emergencies our dentists should treat right away. Call our dental clinic so we can try to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Lost Fillings or Crowns
Try to identify and find any broken or lost fillings or crowns. Rinse and attempt to place it back on your tooth. Call our office as soon as possible to arrange an appointment to have it fixed.
Chipped or Broken Teeth
Have a broken or chipped tooth? Try to find the missing tooth, put it in a clean container and bring it to your appointment. Your dentist can potentially reattach it. Whether the piece is found or not, phone our office right away to have it repaired.
If you can find your knocked-out tooth, rinse, hold it by the crown - not the roots - and re-insert it into your tooth socket by gently biting down once it is in its place. Try to keep it moist by putting it in a glass of milk or holding it in your mouth until you arrive at your office.
Take an over-the-counter pain medication. If you are bleeding, do not take aspirin. Apply a cold compress against your cheek where your tooth has been fractured. This will help reduce your pain and swelling.
Come to the office as soon as possible. Call ahead if you are able. The sooner you can be treated after a tooth has been knocked out, the better the chance your dentist will have of saving it.
Severe Swelling, Pain or Discomfort
Do you notice your face, mouth or neck areas have sudden moderate to severe swelling, or are you experiencing severe pain or discomfort in or around your mouth?
Call us as soon as possible and follow these steps to alleviate pain in the meantime:
- Apply a cold compress to your cheek, on the area where you are feeling pain.
- Take an over-the-counter pain medication.
- Use saltwater to flush the area that is in pain. This will help remove any debris that could be causing the toothache.
Our dentists should see the swelling or condition to diagnose the cause and plan quick, effective treatment.
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