What is a Dental Emergency?
We understand that emergencies may happen at any time, and we are here to help.
Not sure if you are experiencing a dental emergency? The following are common dental emergencies that should be treated immediately. Call our dental clinic so we can schedule an appointment for you as soon as possible.
- Lost Fillings or Crowns
Try to identify and recover any broken or lost fillings or crowns. Rinse well and attempt to place it back on your tooth. As soon as possible, call our office to book an appointment to have it repaired.
- Chipped or Broken Teeth
Is your tooth chipped or broken? Attempt to find the missing tooth, place it inside a clean container and bring it to your appointment, as your dentist may be able to reattach it.
Whether the piece is found or not, be sure to call our office right away to have it fixed.
- Knocked-Out Teeth
If the knocked-out tooth is found, rinse it and hold it by the crown - not the roots - and re-insert it into your tooth socket, gently biting down once it is in place. Try to keep it moist by placing it in a glass of milk or holding it in your mouth until you arrive at our clinic.
Over-the-counter pain medication may help to alleviate pain. Do not take aspirin if you are bleeding. Do apply a cold compress to your cheek where your tooth has been broken to help reduce pain and swelling.
Come to our office as soon as possible, and call ahead if you are able. The sooner you can receive treatment after having a tooth knocked out, the better chance your dentist will have of saving it.
- Severe Swelling, Pain or Discomfort
Have you noticed that your mouth, neck or face areas have suddenly moderate to severe swelling, or are you experiencing extensive pain or discomfort in or around your mouth?
As soon as possible, call us and follow these steps to alleviate pain in the meantime:
1. Apply a cold compress to your cheek, or to the area where you are feeling pain.
2. Take an over-the-counter pain medication.
3. Rinse with salt water to flush the area that is in pain, to help remove any debris that could be causing your toothache.
Our dentists should see the swelling so the cause of the condition can be diagnosed. They will develop a treatment plan for your condition.
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