You can reach us any time by calling our office during normal hours or our emergency line after hours. If your situation is life-threatening, you should dial 911. With less urgent matters, here are some actions you can take before you pick up the phone.
Helpful Tips from our Doctors
For a bitten lip or tongue, clean gently with water and use a cold compress for swelling.
With toothaches, rinse with warm water and inspect the area to make sure nothing is stuck there. You can use a cold compress and children’s pain relievers, but do not use heat or topical pain relievers.
If something is stuck between the teeth, only use dental floss. Do not use metal, plastic or sharp tools.
For fractured or chipped teeth, use warm water to rinse and a cold compress for swelling. Try to save the broken piece of tooth if you can.
If a tooth is completely knocked out, only rinse it with water and only touch the crown of the tooth. Try to gently put the tooth back in its socket and hold it there with a clean cloth. If that doesn’t work, put it in milk for safe keeping because the tooth can be reattached if you act quickly. Baby teeth are not usually reattached, but you should still see us to determine no dental work needs to be done.
If your child’s jaw is broken, use a cold compress and seek immediate medical attention.
There are things you can do to avoid emergencies too. Brushing and flossing regularly can help toothaches from becoming a problem. You can also prevent injuries to teeth by childproofing your home and not letting your kids chew on items like hard candy or popcorn kernels. Use car seats for younger children and seatbelts for older children, and have your child wear a mouth guard while playing contact sports.
What to do if crown comes off. Examine the crown to see if the tooth is still attached. If the tooth is still attached then the tooth is just lost and there should be no major concerns. If the crown is hollow and the tooth is still in the patient’s mouth, then the crown needs to be saved. An appointment needs to be scheduled with us within a day or two so that we may recement the crown. If we do not see the patient soon enough after this there is a possibility that the teeth might shift and we would have to make a new crown. If there is extreme discomfort please contact our office so that we can get you in as soon as possible.