Emergency Dental Care
If you experience a dental emergency, be sure to Contact Us as soon as possible. If you need immediate attention, call our emergency phone number and our on-call staff member will help you. If you are unable to reach our office during an emergency, call 911.
We are always there to help you, any time, any day. When your dental health is at risk, we will do anything to make sure that you’re treated as soon as possible. Although dental emergencies are rare, they do occur, and it is important to know how to care for your teeth in any situation. The following are examples of common dental issues:
Begin by meticulously cleaning the area around the sore tooth. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to get rid of any food stuck between your teeth. Under no circumstances should aspirin be used on a sore tooth or gum. Apply a cold compress to the affected area if your face is swollen. Acetaminophen is recommended for temporary pain relief. If the pain lasts longer than a day, please contact us for an appointment.
CUT OR BITTEN TONGUE, LIP OR CHEEK
Any bruised areas can be treated with ice. Apply firm (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth to stop bleeding. Go to the emergency room if the bleeding does not stop with pressure or if it continues after 15 minutes.
BROKEN BRACES AND WIRES
Only remove a broken appliance if it is easily removed. Cover any protruding edges with wax, cotton balls, gauze, or chewing gum if it’s stuck or painful to remove. Any wire caught in the gums, cheek, or tongue should not be removed. See a dentist right away. Loose or broken appliances that cause no discomfort usually do not require emergency attention.
Warm water should be used to rinse the area. Apply a cold compress to the injured area of the face. Any broken tooth fragments should be recovered. Seek dental help right away.
KNOCKED OUT PERMANENT TOOTH
Recover the tooth by holding it by the crown (top) rather than the root. Rinse, but don’t scrub or handle the tooth more than is absolutely necessary. Replace the tooth in its socket and secure it with a clean piece of gauze or cloth. Carry the tooth in a cup of milk or water if it can’t be reinserted. Visit us right away because time is important in such case.
POSSIBLE BROKEN JAW
If you have a jaw injury, close your mouth with a towel, tie, or handkerchief. You need to go to an emergency room right away.
BLEEDING AFTER A BABY TOOTH FALLS OUT
Fold a piece of gauze in half and place it over the bleeding area (tightly). For 15 minutes, bite down on the gauze. Pay us a visit if the bleeding continues.
COLD OR CANKER SORES
Temporary relief is usually provided by over-the-counter medications. If the sores don’t go away, please get in touch with us.