No matter what emergency situation you may find yourself in, the first step you should always take is to contact our office immediately. One of our friendly staff members will provide you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance and help you ease your discomfort as you prepare for your urgent appointment. We understand that these situations aren’t predictable, which is why we’re open six days out of the week to provide you with pain-relieving care when you need it the most. Below, we’ve included some ways you can handle the most common dental emergencies while you’re making your way to our office.
Even if a tooth only comes partially out of its socket, it’s still a dental emergency. In order for our team to successfully reattach it, it’s important that you come to our office as soon as possible. As you’re making your way, you can help ease the pain by placing a cold compress on the area for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off and use an over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen. It’s best to avoid chewing anything until you’ve been treated. For the most successful results, we recommend getting to our office within an hour of the accident.
Food debris like popcorn kernels can commonly become lodged between the teeth, making you uncomfortable or causing pain. To attempt to dislodge it, use a piece of dental floss to gently clean between each of your teeth. It’s also a good idea to rinse with a warm salt water solution to clean any wounds and swish away remaining debris. Avoid using anything sharp to remove the object, like a safety pin, because this will likely just cut and damage your gums. If you’re unable to remove the debris, visit our office immediately for professional assistance.
If you’ve accidentally damaged your gums or oral tissue, it’s best to start by rinsing with a salt water solution. This will clean the area and wash away any blood. If the bleeding continues, place a sterile gauze pad on it for 10 to 15 minutes. You can place a cold compress on the outside of your mouth to help bring down swelling or ease pain as well. If the bleeding stops, you should be fine. If it doesn’t, visit your local ER before coming to our office for dental treatment.