Experiencing a Dental Emergency? Here’s What You Should Know

Dental Emergency, Roach Family Dentistry

Roach Family Dentistry can help you get through a dental emergency. Before you do anything else, call us. We can tell you what to do before you arrive at our office, which may be the difference between saving or losing your tooth.

There are two basic types of dental emergencies: those that are the result of an accident, and those that are the result of an infection. In either case, getting immediate care can help limit the pain you feel and protect your oral — and sometimes overall — health.

Common accident-related dental emergencies, and what to do

One of the most common dental emergencies we treat is knocked out or partially dislodged teeth. It’s scary, but if you follow these steps we may well be able to save your tooth.

First, if your tooth has been completely knocked out, pick it up by the part you can see when it’s in your mouth, which is called the crown. Don’t touch the root.

In the case of a partially dislodged tooth, hold a cold compress on your jaw or cheek to relieve pain. You can also take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Call us and get to our office as quickly as possible.

Cracked or broken teeth

Similarly to the way you proceed when a tooth is knocked out, you should recover any pieces of a broken tooth that you can, rinse them, and bring them with you to our office. You can also apply a cold compress.

If your mouth is bleeding, rinse it, then hold a piece of gauze on the injured area.

Lost or broken dental fillings and appliances

You can temporarily put a piece of sugarless gum in your cavity if you’ve lost a filling. Be careful — gum with sugar in it will hurt. Call us right away.

Lost crowns are scary, and sometimes painful. If you can, put the crown back over your tooth. You can use dental cement or toothpaste to coat the inside of the crown to help hold it there.

If you wear braces and have broken a brace or a wire, you may be able to reposition any parts that are sticking out and poking you by using the eraser end of a pencil. If that doesn’t work, cover the sharp object with gauze, a cotton ball, or dental wax until you can get to our office.

Handling dental emergencies due to infection

Infections can lead to serious problems. You may have an abcess that can damage tissues all the way down to your bones, and can even spread to other parts of your body without proper treatment.

If you have a spot on your gums that looks or feels like a pimple and is very painful, call us right away. You can rinse your mouth with mild salt water several times a day to ease the pain until you get to our office.

Even if you don’t find a pimple-like spot on your gum, but you have a toothache that is increasingly painful, you may have a serious infection. You can use over-the-counter pain relievers, but don’t put aspirin against your gum because it can damage your gum tissue.

You may also want to use a cold compress on the outside of your mouth to ease swelling and pain.

Dental emergencies are scary, but within our expertise. Call us right away so we can help relieve your pain and insure your ongoing oral health.

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