Do you need emergency dental care?
Life happens. If you have ever had a toothache or suffered a broken tooth then you understand how frightening and a stressful experience it can be.
Often people are unsure what constitutes a dental emergency, who they should call, and what they can do at home when they experience a dental emergency. Follow these guidelines for determining how to best handle your dental emergency.
If you have a dental emergency, you can call us and our experienced dentists will do their best to alleviate your symptoms and diagnose the cause.
Certain dental emergencies are urgent while others can wait to be treated. It’s especially important to understand the difference between the two.
- Bleeding that will not stop
- A loose or knocked out tooth
- Injured jaw
- Painful swelling
- Painful, throbbing toothache
2. Examples of non-urgent dental emergencies:
- Lost filling, crown, or bridge
- Broken or cracked tooth (unless the tooth is causing you severe pain)
- Broken or damaged retainer or night guard
- Food lodged between teeth
- Dull toothache
Handling dental emergencies at home
Whether at home or traveling, the following tips can help you manage a dental emergency until you can get to the dentist.
Clean the area around the sore tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm salt water or use dental floss to dislodge trapped food or debris. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. If face is swollen, apply a cold compress. Take a pain killer for pain. See your dentist as soon as possible.
Rinse dirt from injured area with warm water. Place cold compress on the face over the injured area. Locate and save any broken tooth fragments. See your dentist immediately.
Find the tooth. Handle the tooth by the top (crown), not the root portion. You may rinse the tooth, but DO NOT clean or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Try to reinsert it in its socket. Hold the tooth in place by biting on a clean folded gauze or cloth. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, keep it moist and transport the tooth in a cup containing water. See your dentist immediately. Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth. Remember these steps:
- Remain Calm
- Reinsert Fast or Keep Moist
- See a Dentist
Having a loose crown, or having a crown fall out, can be an unsettling feeling. It can also be a painful feeling because the exposed tooth is sensitive to hot and cold foods, chewing — and even air.
- Try to find the crown: Usually a crown will pop off while you are eating, flossing or brushing your teeth. Find the crown if you can. If you swallowed it, it will usually pass without a problem, but you will need to have a new crown made, whereas the old crown can most likely be reattached.
- Call your dentist: It’s important to see your dentist as quickly as possible because your dentist can refit it before the underlying tooth becomes further damaged or decayed. However, if your dentist can’t see you right away, there are some measures you can take at home while you are waiting to see him or her.
- What to do if you do have the crown: it’s a good idea to temporarily place your crown back on your tooth, using some over the counter dental cream.
- What if you do not have the crown: call your dentist as soon as you can. A tooth that has lost its crown is very fragile and at risk for breaking. Without the protective crown, the deep parts of your tooth are now exposed to bacteria and debris which can cause infection and decay.
Apply ice to bruised areas. If bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or it cannot be controlled by pressure, we highly recommend visiting your nearest hospital’s emergency room.
First, try using dental floss to very gently and carefully remove the object.If you can’t get the object out, see your dentist. Never use a pin or other sharp object to poke at the stuck object.
Fold and pack clean gauze or cloth over the bleeding area. Have the child bite on the gauze with pressure for 15 minutes. This may be repeated once; if bleeding persists, see your dentist.
Many patients occasionally suffer from “cold” sores. Usually over-the-counter preparations give relief. Because some serious diseases may begin as sores, it is important to yourd dentist if these sores persist.
If a fractured jaw is suspected, try to keep the jaws from moving by using a towel, tie, or handkerchief wrapped over the head and under the jaw (keep easily removable in case the patient becomes nauseous) and then go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
How to avoid emergencies?
Many dental emergencies can be easily avoided by having routine check ups with your dentist to ensure that your mouth and teeth are healthy, strong and free from decay. Also below you can read some tips.
Get help when you need it
Urgent dental emergencies should be dealt with right away. Call us immediately if you experience any of the above problems. We promise to see you as soon as possible – in most cases the same day- and let us help relieve your discomfort.
Tips to avoid accident and injury to the teeth
- Wear a mouthguard when participating in sports or recreational activities.
- Avoid chewing ice and hard foods, all of which can fracture your teeth.
- Use scissors, never your teeth, to cut things.
- Routine check up before holidays to make sure there are no loose teeth, abscesses or decay.