Nobody can plan for an emergency. Unfortunately, emergencies happen. If you find yourself in this situation, just call our office. We’ll help you over the phone and schedule an immediate appointment so we can take care of your problem and get you out of pain right away.
In general, any dental problem that needs immediate treatment to stop bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a tooth is considered an emergency. This consideration also applies to severe infections that can be life-threatening.
If you or a loved one ever find yourselves dealing with an urgent dental problem, the best thing to do is reach out for professional care right away. This will help reduce any damage done to the teeth and prevent the issue from becoming much worse. When you contact our office, our experienced team will offer you first-aid tips over the phone and even schedule a same-day appointment if necessary. If you’re not able to see us right away, the following tips can help you gain control of any situation:
Rinse and floss around the tooth to dislodge anything that might be stuck between the teeth and causing the pain. If the toothache persists, or if it is already really bad, an OTC medication and cold compress can help provide temporary relief.
Gently rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it, and try to recover any large pieces of the tooth that you can, putting them in a safe container. If the remaining tooth has a jagged edge that is irritating the inside of the mouth, it can be covered either with some sugarless gum or a bit of dental wax.
You need to move fast, as we can only save a fully dislodged tooth within a few hours of the initial accident. Call us immediately, find the tooth, give it a quick rinse, and try to place it back into its socket and keep it there until we can see you. If this isn’t feasible, hold it in the cheek or store it in a container with milk.
Find the restoration if you can, rinse off any debris, and attempt to place it back onto the tooth. A little bit of toothpaste can help with this. If it won’t stay, put it in a safe container and avoid chewing with the tooth until we can see you.
Treating a dental emergency is an unexpected expense for most families, so we always emphasize prevention as the best way to avoid these kinds of urgent problems. Should one pop up, however, it should be noted that there is no fixed cost for emergency dental care. We will base our treatment recommendations on the needs of the patient. Our goal will be to relieve any pain and do everything we can to preserve as much of the teeth as possible.