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No one plans for a dental emergency, but at Dawson, we do.
Our dedicated team is here for you TODAY offering same-day emergency care.
We understand that dental emergencies are stressful and unpredictable, you never know when one might arise. Whether you’re injured playing a sport or you have an excruciating tooth abscess, it’s always a good idea to use the reliable services of an emergency dentist close by.
Luckily, being a Dawson patient means having access to our emergency team virtually any time! Our friendly and knowledgeable Patient Center is here to help you in your time of need.
If you’re experiencing a dental emergency and are not a current Dawson patient, don’t hesitate to call us! Our number one priority is to relieve your pain and get you on the road to a healthy smile. We will take the necessary x-rays and discuss your prognosis in detail before we begin any treatment on you.
Many patients may be unsure whether a dental concern even counts as a dental emergency. We understand it may be difficult to know. However, if it’s a concern to you, it’s a concern to us.
What you can do if you are experiencing a dental emergency
An aching tooth is a very common dental emergency. A toothache is often a sign of infection in or around a tooth. Advil can sometimes be effective in comforting pain. At the first hint of discomfort, you should call us to schedule an appointment to alleviate any future damage to the tooth.
Chipped, Cracked or Fractured Teeth
If a tooth is chipped and doesn’t hurt, this usually does not constitute a dental emergency and you can wait a few days to see a dentist. However, it is important to be careful while chewing so as not to chip it more. We may simply be able to smooth the chip out or add some composite filling material to repair the tooth. A cracked or fractured tooth is a serious issue constituting a dental emergency. Fractured or cracked teeth usually suggest that damage has occurred to the inside of the tooth as well as to the outside. Severe fractures can be so extreme that the tooth cannot be saved. If you suffer a fractured tooth, call immediately for an emergency appointment and follow these steps:
- Clean your mouth out by gently rinsing thoroughly with warm water.
- If the fracture is caused by facial trauma, apply a cold compress to the area to minimize any swelling.
- Take acetaminophen (not aspirin) according to the package directions to alleviate pain.
- Never apply a painkiller to the gum because it can burn the gum tissue. This includes Orajel, which often is marketed for these types of procedures.
An x-ray will be necessary in order for our dentist to properly diagnose the condition of your tooth. If the soft tissue inside of the tooth (the tooth pulp) is damaged, your tooth may need a root canal. If the pulp is not damaged, the tooth might only require a crown.
Problems with Temporary Restoration
Having a temporary crown come off is not a dental emergency. However, it is important to put it back in place so that the tooth stays in its original position until you can see your dentist. A temporary crown can easily be put back onto your tooth by placing Vaseline, toothpaste, or even a very small amount of denture adhesive into the temporary crown and placing it onto your tooth. Try putting your crown in first and note how it fits into place. Once you are comfortable with the fit, apply adhesive into the temporary and place it properly on your tooth. Bite down firmly onto a dry washcloth, applying even pressure to the temporary. After a few minutes, clean off any excess adhesive you can see. You should schedule an appointment with us within the next few days to have it properly re-cemented.
Tissue Injury and Facial Pain
Any type of injury inside the mouth, such as puncture wounds, lacerations and tears to the lips, cheeks, mouth and tongue, are considered tissue injuries and a dental emergency. If you experience any type of tissue injury, it is important to clean the area immediately with warm water. If the bleeding is coming from the tongue, gently pull the tongue forward and place pressure on the wound using gauze. You should get to a nearby hospital emergency room as quickly as possible. To alleviate any type of facial pain associated with tissue injury, you can take acetaminophen as directed on the package label. Never take aspirin or ibuprofen for a dental emergency because they are anticoagulants, which could cause excessive bleeding.
A knocked-out tooth is a dental emergency that requires urgent attention. If the appropriate emergency steps are followed immediately after the tooth has been knocked out, the chances are very good that the tooth can be reinserted and preserved.
- Pick up the tooth by the top (crown) of the tooth. Do not touch the root(s) of the tooth.
- Rinse the tooth off very gently to ensure that it’s clean. Do not scrub the tooth or remove any tissue attached to it. Be sure to place a towel or washcloth in the sink so that the tooth does not go down the drain.
- If you can, gently place the tooth back into the socket. Hold it gently in place while trying to bite down.
- If you can’t place the tooth back in the socket, put the tooth in a small container or in a cup of milk. Note that the latter is preferable.
- Call us immediately, since getting to the dentist quickly with your tooth – in addition to following the steps above – is crucial for saving the knocked-out tooth. The longer you wait to re-implant the tooth in its socket, the less chance you have of the tooth “taking” and remaining viable.
Loose Tooth, Tooth Out of Alignment
If you have a tooth that is loose or out of alignment, you should call for an emergency appointment right away. In the meantime, you can try to put the tooth back in its original position using your finger with very light pressure. Do not try and force it. You can bite down to keep the tooth from moving.
Other Dental Emergencies
Basically, any dental problem that requires immediate treatment in order to save a tooth, stop ongoing tissue bleeding or alleviate severe pain is a dental emergency. A severe infection or abscess in the mouth can be life-threatening and should be dealt with immediately. We will prescribe an antibiotic and schedule an appointment at the next available date in office.
Oftentimes, pain can be the result of an underlying condition, such as tooth decay or gum disease. To avoid any dental emergencies, we strongly encourage everyone to stay current with routine visits and checkups. However, sometimes accidents cannot be avoided, and we are happy to provide emergency dental care, no matter the circumstances.
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