In a dental emergency, taking the right actions can make all the difference in whether or not a tooth will be lost or saved. So, if you’re dealing with a terrible toothache or knocked-out tooth, what should you do? Your instinct might tell you to head to the ER, but that would be a mistake, leading you to spend hours in a waiting room. Instead, you can get the immediate care you need without the wait by calling Family Dentistry Rick Redmond, DMD. Our team is adept at handling even the most urgent situations, and we can even schedule same-day appointments so that no one ever has to be left waiting while in pain.
Dental emergencies can happen in the blink of an eye or take many months to develop. A broken or knocked-out tooth can often be the result of an accident, while a severe toothache may be caused by a longstanding cavity that has been left untreated. In either situation, it’s best to call our dental office and come in as quickly as possible. However, if you’re unable to reach us right away for any reason, there are a few things you can do on your own to handle an emergency:
Is something stuck between the teeth? Rinse and floss around the hurting tooth, and if this doesn’t help, an OTC medication or cold compress applied to the face can provide some temporary relief.
Have the victim rinse their mouth with warm water, and try to recover as many large pieces of the tooth that you can, putting them in a safe container. Make sure you bring them to our dental office. If the remaining tooth has a jagged edge, it can be covered with some sugarless gum or dental wax.
Find the tooth, rinse it off WITHOUT touching the root, and make sure it stays wet until we can see you. You can do this by placing it back into its socket, storing it in the cheek, or keeping it in a container with milk or saltwater. It is possible to reattach the tooth, but only within an hour or so of the accident, so be sure to move fast in this situation!
Gently clean off the restoration and try to place it back onto the tooth. Avoid chewing with it until we can see you. If it won’t stay in place, a little bit of toothpaste can help, but make sure to NOT use any other kind of adhesive.
No two dental emergencies are the same, so treatment can vary widely from patient to patient as well. One might just need a prescription, while another may require extensive restorative dental work. Our goal is always to get a person out of pain before addressing any damage to the teeth. To help patients with an unexpected expense, we accept all PPO dental insurance plans, and we also offer flexible financing through our dental office as well.