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How to Handle a Dental Emergency

January 31, 2022 10:47 pm

There are certain dental-related injuries and dental issues that require immediate or same-day dental care. If you experience one of the following situations, it’s important to act quickly.

Severe Pain

Aching teeth or gums is definitely a cause for concern. Our team will want to examine your teeth and gums to diagnose and treat the issue. If the pain is overwhelming and interfering with your day-to-day life, please call our office as soon as possible!

However, if your pain comes and goes and is not severe, you don’t necessarily need an immediate or a same-day appointment. Call to schedule one soon, while not putting it off too long. In the meantime, rinse your mouth with a warm saltwater rinse, apply garlic paste or clove oil to the tooth, or take over-the-counter pain medication in the meantime.

Cracked or Broken Teeth

Cracking or breaking a tooth can be scary and stressful. The first thing you should do is collect any pieces of the tooth and put them in a container to bring with you to our office. We also recommend rinsing your mouth out with a warm saltwater solution. This can help reduce infection. If you are bleeding, gently apply pressure to the area with a piece of gauze or clean cloth. To decrease any swelling, hold a cold compress to the side of your face. You will want to make an appointment with our team as soon as you can, especially if you are in a lot of pain.

Knocked-Out Teeth

Should one or more of your adult teeth be knocked out completely, the faster you can get to our office, the more likely it is that we will be able to reattach your tooth. Carefully pick up the tooth by the crown, which is the top part of the tooth. Rinse it off with clean water or milk if you can. Do not wipe with a cloth or towel. Reinserting the tooth into the socket and gently holding it in place is ideal. However, if that is too painful or not possible, putting the tooth in a cup of milk or saliva is the next best option. The next thing you will want to do is give our office a quick call to let us know you are on your way and then head to our office. We will do our best to reattach your tooth!

Not sure if you need to see an Bolivar emergency dentist? Feel free to give our office a call! We will schedule your visit with our team or provide you with specific advice based on your unique situation.

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