Accidents happen all the time and it is important to take care of the issue immediately. We are always here to assist you and your loved ones so please call us immediately if an accident does occur. If an accident occurs during after hours, please be sure to call our emergency number. Below, you will find tips for how to deal with common dental situations to help relieve any pain or discomfort during a dental emergency.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
If you accidentally bite your lip or tongue, it can cause sharp pain and discomfort. If this happens, be sure to clean the affected area and apply a cold compress to help reduce swelling. Please give us a call so we can help you determine the seriousness of the bite.
Object Caught on Tooth
In some cases, patient will encounter objects stuck between their teeth which can cause discomfort. To help relieve the discomfort, gently remove the object by using dental floss. If the object cannot be removed, be sure to contact our office so that we can help remove the object for you.
Broken Tooth or Tooth Loss
If you break a tooth or if it gets knocked out during an accident, be sure to contact us immediately. If you can retrieve the lost tooth, be sure to hold it by the crown (not the root) and rinse it off thoroughly with warm water without scrubbing. Then if you are able, try and place the tooth back in its socket or in a container of milk and bring it with you to our office. We will then be able to determine how to restore or salvage the tooth. If acted quickly upon, we can salvage a permanent tooth.
If you experience a tooth ache, be sure to floss and rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water and see if the pain goes away. Apply a warm washcloth on the outside of your cheek if you notice any swelling. If you do notice that your mouth or gums around the tooth is swollen, or if you notice a fever, then you may have an affected tooth that needs immediate attention. Be sure to see us immediately if any of these symptoms occur.
If you suspect that you have a broken jaw, be sure to contact our emergency number or go to a hospital immediately. Broken jaws can be very painful so treating this issue immediately is very important. As you make your way to our office or the hospital, use a cold compress to reduce the swelling. Generally, a broken jaw is a result of a blow to the head so it is important to seek help immediately so that your doctor can assess the jaw and the head as a blow to the head can be life-threatening and dangerous.
If you or your loved one is experiencing any type of dental emergency, don’t wait. Immediately contact us or visit a nearby hospital. If left ignored, you are potentially increasing the risk of further damage that may need more extensive care and treatment later. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.