Emergency Care Guide
There’s nothing worse than a dental emergency, and that’s why our office strives to provide quality, same-day care to our patients. Weekend and after-hours care is also available and should be arranged through our emergency telephone line.
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A tooth breaking during dinner is actually a very common occurrence (especially for those with large fillings) and a pretty easy fix for the dentist! If you feel the break happen or your tongue feels a jagged edge on one of your teeth, immediately avoid chewing food on that side of your mouth. You’ll also need to make sure that you brush the area clean so as to avoid any further damage, including plaque buildup.
Got a tooth that’s seriously bothering you? Avoid a heat pack and instead use something cold against your face to ease the pain until you’re able to get in touch with our office. Be sure to explain all of your symptoms so that we have as much information as possible before you come in for an evaluation.
If you love to play contact sports then chances are you’ve had a tooth knocked out before, but if not, here’s what to do: Grab the tooth, rinse it and immediately put it back into its socket. Can’t get it to stay in? Call the office (a knocked-out tooth MUST be put back in within an hour in order to take root again) and in the meantime put the tooth in a glass of milk or contact solution.
Important: Do not touch the tooth’s root — the living cells on that root will die if it’s cleaned too vigorously or dries out.
A lost filling is yet another common dental emergency that can be easily taken care of with a trip to the dentist’s office. While you wait to see the doctor you can use a small piece of sugar-free gum on the spot where you lost the filling. The gum acts as a cheap and easy protective layer.
Crown Popped Off:
Every once in a while a crown may come off, but there’s no need to worry just yet. Be sure to pick up the crown and keep it in a safe place while you wait for your appointment to put it back on. Don’t wait too long before getting the crown re-cemented — your tooth is vulnerable when it’s left unprotected and if gum tissue has a chance to grow, the crown may not easily reattach.
In most cases the dentist will just re-cement the crown to the tooth, but should you need a different course of action, a member of our team will explain all of the treatment options available.
Pain and Swelling:
Usually an infection or abscess causes pain in the mouth and leads to swelling of the cheek area. A cavity or some kind of trauma most often results in a dying tooth, and once that tooth is dead, bacteria begins to infect it. The swelling and pain comes from your body not being able to defend itself against the bacteria and beginning infection. Call the dentist immediately for treatment.
If you’re dealing with an abscessed tooth then the tooth is still alive and it is the gums that are infected. Don’t just wait for the pain to go away on its own; an abscessed tooth can lead to much larger issues in the future!
If you’ve bitten down on your tongue or lip, tend to any bleeding with a clean cloth and some minimal pressure. If dealing with a swollen lip due to a bad bite, use an ice pack to help reduce any further swelling.