Do You Need Emergency Dental Care?
Although dental or mouth pain is relatively common, fortunately most dental situations are not emergencies.
Common mouth injuries can result from biting on food, sports-related injuries, a fall, or other accident.
Depending on the severity of the injury, it's often possible to wait until regular office hours.
In order to protect your family's teeth while avoiding unnecessary and costly emergency room visits,
it's important to know how to assess if a dental accident or pain requires immediate professional attention,
if it can wait until normal business hours, and what you can do while you are waiting.
If you suspect a severe concussion, broken jaw, or severe infection or any other non-dental related emergency, go directly to the emergency room.
If you have any doubt as to whether you need to be seen immediately,
please call or text our office and one of our team members will be able to assist you and we have an emergency number to call after 9pm.
To help you determine for yourself if you can wait to be seen by your dentist during regular office hours,
if you need to take a trip to the ER or if you need an emergency dental visit, ask yourself the following questions:
Knocked out tooth:
- Are you in severe pain? On a scale of 1-10 - what is your level of pain? Are you unable to receive any relief from the pain by using over the counter analgesics (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or aspirin) By applying a warm compress? By applying a cold compress?
- Are you experiencing severe bleeding that does not stop with the use of a wet tea bag or compress?
- Do you have an infection? Do you notice swelling or knots on your gums or swelling around your face?
- Have you experienced a severe mouth injury? Cracked or broken tooth with large portion missing? Knocked out tooth?
If the tooth is knocked completely out of the socket, call our office immediately.
Meanwhile, try to handle the tooth as little as possible. Attempt to put the tooth back in its socket by biting down on a wet tea bag or a moistened gauze.
Be very careful NOT to swallow the tooth.
If you are unable to get the tooth to remain in the socket for your trip to the emergency room or dental office,
gently rinse off any visible dirt and keep the tooth in a container of milk or your own saliva until you are seen by a professional.
A tea bag or wet compress can be applied to help with any bleeding from the socket.
Any dental problem that requires immediate treatment to stop bleeding, alleviate severe pain, or save a viable tooth is considered an emergency.
This includes severe infections that can prove to be life-threatening if left untreated.
If you have any of these symptoms, you may be experiencing a dental emergency.
Call our office immediately and describe what has happened.
If you are unable to reach our office by phone or text, please go directly to the emergency room.
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