The following are common dental emergencies that require emergency dental services. We've also included remedies you can use to mitigate any discomfort or pain you experience as a result of these dental problems. THESE REMEDIES ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR A VISIT TO A DENTIST.
If you experience any of the following dental problems, call us IMMEDIATELY
for emergency dental service.
Partially Dislodged (Extruded) Tooth
If one of your tooth becomes partially dislodged, DO NOT WAIT. Call us immediately for emergency dental services. In the meantime, you can apply a cold compress outside the affected area to reduce swelling, and take an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever such as Tylenol or Advil. Objects Caught Between your Teeth–Use dental floss to carefully remove the object. If you are unable to remove it, see your dentist. Do not use a sharp object to remove the object–this can injure your gums or scratch the enamel on your teeth.
If you lose a filling, call us for emergency dental services immediately. As a temporary measure, you can use sugar free gum or OTC dental cement as a substitute for your lost filling.
If you lose a crown, make an appointment to see us for emergency dental services. While you are waiting for your appointment, you can apply a small dosage of clove oil using a cotton swab to help ease any pain and discomfort. If possible, attempt to slip the crown back over the tooth using OTC dental cement, dental adhesive or toothpaste. NEVER USE SUPER GLUE TO FIX A CROWN! Only use adhesives that are specifically formulated for dental use.
If you experience a dental abscess, make an appointment with us for emergency dental services IMMEDIATELY. An abscess is an infection, and if it is not treated right away, the infection can spread throughout the rest of your mouth and cause further complications. These are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. A pimple like swelling that is painful is evidence of an abscess and it should be treated right away. To ease the pain and draw the pus towards the surface, rinse your mouth with a mild salt water solution (1/2 teaspoon of table salt, 8 ounces of water).
Soft Tissue Injuries
If you experience soft tissue injuries to your cheeks, gums, tongue, or lips that result in severe bleeding, call us right away for emergency dental services. Injuries to the cheek, gums, tongue and lips that result in minor bleeding and swelling can be controlled simply by
- rinsing your mouth with a mile salt-water solution
- using a piece of gauze or a tea bag to apply pressure to the site of bleeding, while holding it in place for 15 to 20 minutes
- using a cold compress and applying it to the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes
Head to your dentist or to an emergency room right away if the bleeding persists. Continue to apply pressure on the bleeding area until treated.