Here are a few guidelines on the most common dental emergencies. This information may assist you until you see us.
Signs of an abscessed tooth may include extreme pain, swelling, pain upon biting and a white fistula. If you think you have an abscessed tooth, call our office today for an appointment. We will see you in a timely manner.
Loss of a Baby Tooth following an accident
Children are active and accidents often occur. When trauma results in loss of a baby tooth, bleeding, swelling and bruising will occur. Although it can be traumatic for both you and your child, there is no need to worry. It is important to leave the baby tooth out and only treat the cuts and bruises. Also, make sure your child is up to date for tetanus vaccination. You may treat the swelling with cold compresses and give Tylenol if your child complains of pain. You may also call us to make an appointment; we will be happy to examine your child to see if there are other concerns.
Loss of a Permanent Tooth Following an Accident
If you were in an accident that resulted in the loss of a permanent tooth, it is important that you place your tooth in milk or saline (salt water) immediately. DO NOT SCRUB THE TOOTH. The time outside of the socket for an avulsed tooth is the most critical factor for its survival. If the tooth is replanted within 30 minutes, or alternatively kept in a physiological solution or milk for a few hours, it has a fairly good prognosis. Call us immediately; we will see you as soon as possible. If our clinic is closed, the after-hours emergency phone number is given on the answering machine.
Fractured Tooth Following an Accident
A tooth that sustains a traumatic shock will often chip or fracture. If the fracture is large or if there is mobility, it is important to seek immediate dental care. Moreover, if you have found your broken piece of tooth, it is important to keep it in milk or saline (salt water) and bring it with you. Please call our office today. We will get you in as soon as possible.
Broken Tooth or Fallen Filling
Sometimes, a heavily restored or decayed tooth will break during eating. It does not always involve pain but it can be worrisome if you don’t know the extent of the break. Please call our office for an appointment. We will examine the tooth and provide you with treatment options.
Swelling of the face is often a result of a chronic dental abscess. Severe swelling can be life threatening. Please call us today to make an appointment and we will see you in a timely manner. If this is after clinic hours, please go to an emergency or walk-in clinic.
Jaw Locked Open or Closed
Patients who suffer from temporomandibular disorder may experience a locked jaw. The inability to close or open can be distressing and painful. If you are unable to correct your jaw within minutes, seek immediate care. Please call our office for an appointment; we will see you as soon as possible.
A toothache can be extremely painful. It often gets worse at night or when lying down. There are several reasons for toothache and in general it gets worse with time. Please call us to today to make an appointment. We will find the source of your pain and give you options to resolve it.