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EMERGENCY DENTIST

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Emergencies can happen when you least expect it, and when they involve your teeth and gums, we are here for you. Whether you have been in an accident resulting in a knocked out or cracked tooth, are suffering from severe tooth pain or sore gums that just won’t go away, or have lost a filling or dental crown, you can count on us as your emergency dentist to get you back to a state of oral comfort and health. Just remember that there are some emergencies that will require you to go to the emergency room right away or call 911. These include excessive and uncontrollable bleeding, inhalation of foreign object such as a piece of braces hardware, and any accidents that involve suspected head trauma or broken bones other than teeth.

Toothache

Tooth pain can be caused by a myriad of issues and is one of the most common symptoms that patients present with in emergency dentistry. Determining the underlying trigger requires a thorough evaluation by your dental specialist, with some of the most common causes including infection, root surface sensitivity, debris lodged between the teeth or under the gum line, a lost filling or crown, or a cracked or broken tooth.   

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If you are suffering from persistent or severe tooth pain, try rinsing your mouth out thoroughly with warm water, then gently floss around the painful tooth to remove any particles that may be trapped between your teeth or under the gum line. If the toothache still persists, contact us immediately to schedule an emergency appointment for effective toothache relief!

Swollen Gums

Sore swollen gums are often due to infections, also known as an abscess tooth or dental abscess. A dental abscess can occur if a tooth infection is left untreated for a long period of time and can form in the root of the tooth and even the mouth floor. It is important to schedule an emergency dentist visit right away if you suspect an abscess tooth as these are often extremely painful and can even cause flu-like symptoms and fever. 

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Severe cases may even require oral surgery in order to remove all infection and can even cause blood poisoning if left untreated for too long, so contact us immediately if you see any signs of oral infection. If an abscess ruptures, you may notice a foul-tasting and smelling fluid, in which case you should immediately rinse your mouth out with warm water.

Cracked Tooth

We may be able to reattach or repair your cracked or broken teeth. If you have been in an accident resulting in cracked or broken teeth, immediately locate and rinse any tooth pieces and place them in a container with either some milk, water with a pinch of salt, or saliva from the owner of the tooth. The injured person should also immediately rinse their mouth with warm water and apply clean gauze with firm pressure to stop any bleeding. 

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Once bleeding stops (usually within about 10 minutes of applying constant, firm pressure), you should apply a cold compress to curb swelling. Contact your dental specialist right away and be sure to take all tooth pieces with you to your appointment. If bleeding doesn’t stop after 10 minutes of pressure, immediately go to your dentist or the emergency room.

Loose or Knocked Out Tooth

The chances of saving a loose or knocked out tooth becomes greater if treatment is sought right away. For a permanent adult tooth that has been knocked out, there is a 1-2-hour window during which there is a chance for re-implantation of the original tooth, so immediate action is crucial. To increase your chances, gently rinse the tooth without touching the roots, taking care not to let it fall down the drain. It is a good idea to keep a towel or cloth over the drain to ensure no accidental loss of the tooth. DO NOT scrub the tooth or remove any tissue that may be attached. If you can, gently reposition the tooth back into the gum socket, but don’t use any force. If this proves too difficult, place the tooth in a container with either some milk, water with a pinch of salt, or the injured person’s saliva.

Lost Filling or Crown

If you have lost a filling or a crown, call us for an emergency appointment right away. These can be extremely painful and sensitive as the exposed parts of the tooth come into contact with the air. As an interim measure, you can buy clove oil over the counter and apply it to the affected area of your tooth using a cotton swab or use an external ice pack over your cheek. For missing fillings, you may also fill the exposed hole with tooth wax or cement for some relief until you are able to see your dentist. For missing crowns, if you are able to locate the crown, temporarily replacing it until your dental visit will also provide some comfort. To do this, gently rinse the inside of your dental crown then apply denture adhesive, dental cement or toothpaste before placing it back over the exposed tooth.

Braces-related Injuries and Accidents

Common emergencies related to braces include a lost wire or ligature, knocked out brackets, and poking wires. Rarely, a piece of appliance may be swallowed or even inhaled – if inhaled, you should immediately call 911 and go to the hospital emergency room. If swallowed, call us to discuss appropriate steps. For a lost wire or ligature, see if you can find the lost piece, in which case you may be able to put it back in place using sterile tweezers. If you are unable to do so, or can’t find the piece, you will need to call us for an appointment. For a knocked-out bracket or poking wire, you should also schedule an appointment. In the interim, you can try turning back into position any loose brackets and securing it with dental wax, and manually push back any poking wires or cover them with dental wax.

Your Appointment

To ensure the best dental care & correct time allotment for your specific need, one of our care specialist will contact you to finalize your appointment.