What is a Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies can happen at any time and we are here to provide care when they do.
Are you unsure if you are experiencing a dental emergency? Here are a few common dental emergencies that should be seen by a dentist as soon as possible. Call our clinic right away so we can schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
- Chipped or Broken Teeth
Have a broken or chipped tooth? Try to find the missing piece, 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.
- 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.
- Severe Swelling, Pain, or Discomfort
Do you notice your face, mouth, or neck areas suddenly have moderate to severe swelling, pain, or discomfort?
Call us as soon as possible and follow these steps to alleviate pain in the meantime:
1. Apply a cold compress to your cheek, on the area where you are feeling pain.
2. Take an over-the-counter pain medication.
3. 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 be seen as soon as possible to diagnose the cause of the swelling or pain and plan an effective course of treatment.
- Knocked-Out Teeth
If you can find your 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. If you cannot do this, try to keep the tooth 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.
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