Learn How We Can Help Care For Your Dental Emergency
Dental emergencies can happen when you least expect them, and whether you experience one caused by injury or decay, it’s important to seek out prompt treatment to eradicate pain and ensure your oral health is maintained and prioritized.
What types of dental emergencies do we treat?
From lost or displaced fillings, crowns, and other restorative devices to a tooth that’s been chipped, cracked, dislodged, or knocked out, we’re here to help.
Here are some tips for caring for your mouth until you’re able to see us.
For a tooth that’s been dislodged or knocked out: If the tooth can be placed back into its socket quickly (or within the hour), its chances of survival are significantly increased. After you’ve called our office to arrange an emergency visit, pick the tooth up by its crown (never its root) and rinse it with warm water. Try to place it in its socket but if this isn’t possible, put it into your cheek pouch or in a cup of milk until you see us.
For a lost filling or crown: If you have a filling or crown disattach, it’s important to see us right away as the affected tooth can be very sensitive to temperature changes and any level of pressure. In cases where a crown falls off a tooth, keep it in a cool, safe place as we may be able to reattach it. Until then, apply clove oil to alleviate tooth pain, and after cleaning the crown with warm water, attach it to the tooth with dental cement, which can be found at your local pharmacy. If you no longer have the crown, cover the top of the exposed tooth with dental cement to help calm discomfort.
For a cracked or broken tooth: Fractured and cracked teeth can cause extreme pain and require treatment as soon as possible. If you experience a portion of your tooth breaking off, rinse the portion and your mouth with lukewarm water, and apply gauze for 5-10 minutes if there’s bleeding. Use a damp, cold dishtowel or washcloth on your cheek to minimize pain and swelling, and cover the affected area with dental cement from your local pharmacy if you’re unable be seen immediately. You can also use a topical pain medication for temporary relief.
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, call us right away and we’ll prioritize seeing you as soon as possible!
Call Us About Your Dental Emergency Today
- Treat and eradicate pain quickly
- Increase the likelihood of saving your affected tooth
- Have a lost or damaged filling, crown, or restorative device reattached or replaced
- Prevent the spread of any existing infection to other teeth
- Prioritize your smile!