What is a Dental Emergency?
Emergencies can happen at any time. If you have a dental emergency we are here to help.
Unsure if you are experiencing a dental emergency? These are common dental emergencies that should be treated by our dentists right away. Call our dental clinic so we can schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
- Lost Fillings or Crowns
Try to identify and find any broken or lost fillings or crowns. Rinse it off and try 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 with milk 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.
- Knocked-Out Teeth
If you can find your knocked-out tooth, pick it up by the crown - not the roots - then rinse it in clean water and try to gently re-insert it into your tooth socket by gently biting down once it is in its place.
If you are unable to return the tooth to the socket, 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
If you notice that your face, mouth or neck areas are suddenly becoming moderately to severely swollen, or you are 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:
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 salt water 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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