Dental emergencies are never something that should be put off. Whether it’s a cracked or knocked-out tooth or a severe toothache, the last thing we want to do is allow your condition to worsen. That’s why Dr. Crofoot and Dr. Snarr always make an effort to see you the same day that your emergency occurs. If you’re in need of emergency treatment, don’t wait to pick up the phone and call our dental office today!
Regardless of the type of dental emergency you’re experiencing, you should always give our dental office a call when it occurs. Not only can we get you scheduled for an emergency appointment, but we can provide valuable information that helps you stabilize your condition. Until you get to our dental office, take a moment to learn exactly how to manage your emergency. The better prepared you are, the more positive your outcome will be.
Use floss to remove any potential food debris from between your teeth. If pain persists, take an over-the-counter painkiller, such as ibuprofen, until you get to our dental office. Avoid aspirin if you can as direct contact with this painkiller can cause a burning sensation and lead to additional damage.
Collect any remaining pieces of the tooth that you can find and bring them to our dental office. Use a cold compress to reduce any swelling present. If the tooth is jagged or sharp, use sugarless gum or dental wax to temporarily cover the tooth. This will prevent you from accidentally cutting your inner cheek, lip or tongue.
Do your best to stay calm as you search for your tooth. Once found, pick it up by the crown portion. Make sure not to touch the root or any tissue still attached. Gently rinse the tooth of any debris with cool water. After rinsing your mouth out with warm water, place the tooth back into your socket to keep it preserved. Alternatively, you can place the tooth in a container of milk, saltwater, or inside your cheek pocket to keep it moist. Keeping the tooth wet improves the chances of reimplantation.
Lost restorations expose your damaged tooth to air and temperature, making it more vulnerable to discomfort and even infection. After rinsing your mouth and the crown, use a dental cement or denture adhesive to temporarily protect your natural tooth. This should not be considered a permanent solution. Always call our dental office right away so we can repair or replace your restoration.
Staying proactive against dental emergencies is half the battle! With daily brushing and flossing as well as routine checkups and cleanings at our dental office, you can avoid a majority of dental emergencies. If you participate in any contact sports, always wear a protective mouthguard, ideally a custom-made variety for improved comfort and protection. Avoid chewing on ice or other hard and sticky foods. Do not use your teeth for tasks that are better suited for tools.
Depending on the extent of your emergency, the cost of your treatment can largely vary. While a minor oral infection may only require a prescription to resolve, other issues may require complex restorations or root canal therapy to treat. During your visit, either Dr. Crofoot or Dr. Snarr will examine your issue, then provide the best recommendation to get your oral health back on the right track. We’ll go over your treatment plan in great detail before performing any step of your treatment so you feel as comfortable and informed as possible.