Do you have dental emergency appointments?
Of course emergencies are welcome! Please call and we will schedule you promptly to evaluate your particular emergency.
Not all dental emergencies are the result of neglect. Accidents happen too. Knowing how to act in a dental emergency will determine the outcome. Knowledge can save you pain, time, money and ultimately even your tooth.
Tips for common your common dental emergency:
Broke a tooth?
Don’t lose the pieces. Immediately rinse your mouth with warm water. Apply pressure to control any bleeding and put a cold compress outside the mouth, close to the trauma, to keep the swelling down. Now, give us a call
Tooth knocked out?
Keep it moist at all times. BUT DON’T TOUCH THE ROOT. The sooner the tooth is back in the socket the better – less than 30 min is vital. So now is the time to play doctor and try replacing it yourself. Whether you can seat it or not, get to our office right away. If it is after hours, now is the time to get us out of bed! This can’t wait.
Heading directly to the hospital ER is appropriate if there is extensive trauma or getting in to our office will take greater than 30 min from the event.
Bit your tongue?
Again, clean with warm water and apply a cold compress. If there is a lot of bleeding, don’t be careless; let us take a look at it. In rare cases, you might need stitches.
First, rinse with warm water. Gently floss and brush your teeth. We are trying to remove any trapped food or debris. If there is swelling, apply a cold compress outside the mouth at the site of the pain. NEVER put aspirin against the aching tooth or gum. This will burn the tissues. If you see a pimple forming in your gums, you have an abscess and need care immediately.
Use sugar-free gum to fill the cavity and come see us as soon as possible.
Don’t lose it! Often it just needs to be re-cemented in place. Clove oil will help with sensitivity. If you can’t get in to see us immediately, try to slip the crown back over the tooth. I recommend toothpaste or denture adhesive to hold it in place until we can do it with permanent cement. NEVER USE SUPER GLUE – unless you want a new crown!
Broken or loose orthodontic braces or wires?
Try repositioning the wire away from poking you using the eraser end of a pencil. Cover sharp ends with orthodontic wax and call your orthodontist. Never attempt to cut the wire or remove the braces. Leave that to those with proper instruments and training.
Something stuck in your teeth? Dust off your floss. If gentle flossing does not remove it, do not get creative. Sharp objects can damage your gums and teeth, so leave it to the professionals and come in to our office.