Dental Emergencies

Our office welcomes new and existing patients with dental emergencies. Please contact our office to arrange an appointment. If a true dental emergency exists after hours, please call 924-1100. Listed below are some common problems and initial recommendations. Always seek professional help for definitive diagnosis and treatment.

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Abscess or Swelling | Bleeding After An Extraction | Broken or Chipped Tooth | Cracked Tooth | Erupting Teeth | Jaw Possibly Broken | Knocked Out Tooth | Lost Filling | Lost Crown or Temporary Crown | Objects Caught Between Teeth | Soft Tissue Injury | Toothache

Abscess or Swelling:

  • Potentially serious infection associated with the tooth and gums
  • Usually requires antibiotics therapy
  • Rinse mouth with a mild saltwater solution (1/2 tsp of table salt in 8 oz. of water) several times a day
  • Contact our office as soon as possible
  • Seek immediate medical attention if the swelling becomes life threatening

Bleeding After An Extraction

  • Apply direct pressure and bite on a water moistened gauze sponge for 30 minutes
  • If bleeding persists gently rinse the mouth with ice cold water and reapply packing and bite on gauze.
  • Another option is to bite on a wet tea bag for 30 minutes
  • If bleeding persists call our office

Broken or Chipped Tooth:

  • Rinse mouth with warm water
  • Save any pieces
  • Apply cold compresses if any swelling and to relieve pain
  • If the area is very sensitive, you can use a cotton swab to apply clove oil (available from a local drug store or supermarket)
  • Contact our office

Cracked Tooth:

  • Symptoms include pain on chewing, pain with cold air, or pain for no reason at all
  • Commonly occurring dental problem
  • Teeth crack when subjected to the stress of chewing hard foods, ice, or hard objects. Usually associated with large silver or white fillings
  • Avoid using the offended tooth
  • The majority of cracked teeth (9 out of 10) can be treated by placement of a crown (cap). Complex cracks may involve the need for a root canal or extraction
  • Contact our office for evaluation

Erupting Teeth

  • Use topical numbing such as Anbesol
  • Have the child bite down on a cold compress or towel wrapped in ice.

Jaw Possibly Broken

  • Go to the hospital immediately
  • Apply cold compresses to the affected area

Knocked Out Tooth

  • Save the tooth and rinse off gently if dirty. Do not scrub.
  • If possible place back in the mouth and into the socket. Hold in place.
  • If not, place the tooth in milk
  • Get to the dentist as soon as possible

Lost Filling

  • If no pain or discomfort, call for an appointment
  • If needed, rinse the affected area and place a temporary patch filling to the area (Dentemp or similar from area pharmacies)
  • If nothing else is available, sugarless gum can be placed in the cavity

Lost Crown or Temporary Crown

  • Make an appointment and bring in the crown
  • In the meantime, attempt to seat the crown over the tooth using over-the-counter dental cement (Dentemp), toothpaste, or even a thin coat of Vaseline.
  • Do not use super glue
  • If unable to do so and the tooth remains sensitive then place a little clove oil (local drug stores or supermarket) with a cotton swab to the site

Objects Caught Between Teeth

  • Try to remove with dental floss or an interdental cleaner
  • Avoid cutting the gums
  • If you cannot remove the object contact our office

Soft Tissue Injury

  • Injuries to the lip, cheek, and tongue can occur
  • Clean the area gently with a cloth and peroxide
  • Apply direct pressure to the area
  • Apply cold compresses to reduce swelling
  • If the bleeding doesn’t stop or the wound is deep seek immediate medical attention

Toothache

  • Call our office to make an appointment
  • Rinse mouth with warm water
  • Use dental floss or interdental cleaner to remove any debris
  • Never place aspirin or any other pain killer directly on the site
  • Take an over-the-counter analgesic (Ibuprofen or Tylenol)
  • Placing an ice pack over the affected area can help
  • If you’ve lost a filling or crown – dip a cotton swab in clove oil (available in pharmacies and supermarkets) and place it on the affected part of the tooth. Topical anesthetics such as Anbesol can also be used, especially for gum pain.
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