If you have a dental emergency, give us a call immediately. There is always a way to reach us by calling our cosmetic dental office if you have a dental emergency. We can assess your emergency and set you up with the next possible appointment.
If you have recently had dental work such as dental veneers, crown, root canal, or even whitening and are experiencing a toothache, tooth pain or tooth sensitivity, give us a call. If you consider it a dental emergency, our emergency dentistry team can help. It is not unusual to have some lingering sensitivity after treatment that a mild pain reliever will treat. If you have any questions, please call us and be prepared to let us know if your teeth are more sensitive to hot or cold or sweets.
Broken, Chipped, or Fractured Tooth
If you have chipped or broken a piece off of a tooth, rinse with warm water, then use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Try to locate and save the tooth fragment that has broken off. If you have tooth pain, it is especially important to see us right away. Call us immediately so we can give you emergency dentistry treatments as soon as possible.
Knocked Out Tooth
If your tooth has been knocked out, find the tooth and rinse it with water (no soap), taking care to only touch the crown of the tooth (the part you can see when it’s in place). If you can, place the tooth back in its socket and hold it in place with a clean towel or cloth. If you can’t return the tooth to its socket, place it in a clean container with milk. In either case, call us immediately and/or head to the hospital. If you act quickly, it’s possible to save the tooth using emergency dentistry procedures.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
If you have bitten your lip or tongue severely enough to cause bleeding, clean the bite gently with water and use a cold compress (a cold, wet towel or washcloth pressed firmly against the area) to reduce or avoid swelling. Give us a call to help determine how serious the bite is.
Object Caught In Teeth
If you have something caught between your teeth, use dental floss to gently remove it. Never use a metal, plastic, or sharp tool to remove a stuck object. If you are unable to remove the item with dental floss, give us a call. If you have tooth pain because you have something caught in your teeth, call us right away.
If your child has a very loose tooth, it should be removed to avoid being swallowed or inhaled. If your adult tooth is loose, contact us regarding your dental emergency.
If you are experiencing tooth pain, rinse your mouth with warm water and inspect your teeth to be sure there is nothing caught between them. If your tooth pain continues, use a cold compress to ease the pain. Do not apply heat or any kind of aspirin or topical pain reliever directly to the affected area, as this can cause damage to the gums. Over the counter pain relievers may be taken orally to alleviate the tooth pain. Schedule an emergency dentistry dental appointment immediately.
If you know or suspect you have sustained a broken jaw, use a cold compress to reduce swelling. Call us immediately and/or head to the hospital immediately as this is considered a dental emergency. In many cases a broken jaw is the result of a blow to the head. Severe blows to the head can be dangerous and even life-threatening.
You can help avoid a dental emergency by being very careful with foods that can damage your teeth. For example, never chew on ice and be very careful with popcorn and hard foods. If any member of the family plays contact sports, we always recommend wearing a mouth guard. Ask us about a custom-fitted mouth guard and the additional protection it can provide. Finally, the best defense against dental problems is regular brushing, flossing, and staying on track with your regular visits to our family dentistry office.