If you are experiencing a dental emergency, contact our office immediately.
Dental emergencies can arise at any time and should be handled promptly to avoid pain or further damage. While all dental concerns should be addressed with your dentist as soon as possible, we do have some tips for common dental emergencies that our office provides care for. We will try our best to schedule you for a same-day appointment as soon as we are notified of your dental emergency.
TIPS FOR DENTAL EMERGENCIES
When handling a dental emergency, remain calm and remember to act with your best judgment on how to proceed. Often, we find that these tips can be the difference between losing and saving a tooth.
- Chipped or cracked tooth: Gently rinse the area with warm water. A cold compress on the outside of the mouth can minimize pain and swelling. If you can recover the missing piece of the tooth, please do and bring it with you to your evaluation.
- Tooth pain: Sudden tooth pain can indicate a range of potential concerns and should be professionally evaluated. Rinsing with warm water and taking an over the counter pain reliever can reduce your discomfort while at home. Do not put aspirin directly on the aching tooth or gum tissues.
- Knocked out tooth: Locate the lost tooth if possible and pick up gently by the crown. Avoid touching the root. Place the tooth in a container of warm milk or hold between the cheeks and the gums until you can be seen in our office. It is essential to keep the tooth moist as this will help us salvage it.
- Broken dental crown, bridge, or denture: Temporary over the counter dental cement can help secure a fractured dental crown until you can be seen. A broken or slipping bridge or denture should be addressed by our office as soon as possible.