What is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency can happen at any time and under any circumstances. If you find yourself with a serious dental concern, reach out to us right away.
Unsure if you are experiencing a dental emergency? These are common dental emergencies that should be treated by a dentist right away. No matter what your situation is, give us a call to schedule an examination.
- Lost Fillings or Crowns
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, call 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 the 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.
Your dentist should see the swelling or condition to diagnose the cause and plan quick, effective treatment.
Dental Abscess or Infection
A tooth abscess refers to a pocket of pus that's caused by a bacterial infection.
Pain can begin at the tooth and, in severe cases, can also lead to discomfort which radiates out toward the face, neck, or ears.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
Sometimes unfortunate situations may lead to accidents which result in a bitten lip or tongue. Usually, this mends itself pretty quickly but if it doesn't, you should follow these steps and call us right away.
- Find a clean cloth.
- Press down on the area that is bleeding.
- Use an ice pack to reduce swelling.
Object Lodged in Teeth
If you have something stuck in between your teeth, it is important to have it removed as soon as possible before it causes any damage or decay.
That said, you should never use anything pointy or sharp to remove debris or stuck objects. If you cannot remove the object using floss, you should call us right away for emergency dental care.
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