Dental Emergency: We’re here to help!
Got a Dental Emergency? Contact Pine Lake Family Dentistry
Dental emergencies happen. But they don’t always happen at a good time! At Pine Lake Family Dentistry, our top priority is patient comfort. So, in an emergency, our goal is to see you immediately, relieve your dental problem as thoroughly and quickly as possible, and get you back on your way. Our state-of-the-art facility is fully equipped, and our expert staff is on-call 24/7 to assist you with urgent dental care.
What to do in a dental emergency
From a broken tooth at soccer practice or a lost filling at lunch to a severe toothache in the middle of the night, dental disasters always seem to strike unexpectedly and without warning, so understanding how to handle them before they happen can be helpful. Here are a few common emergency dental issues and tips to temporary solutions for alleviating pain and preventing further damage.
Lost filling or crown: Use a piece of sugarless gum to cover the empty cavity, or you can use over-the- counter dental cement for a very temporary solution. See your dentist as soon as possible.
Lost tooth: Find the missing tooth, but don’t touch the root! Hold the tooth by the enamel crown and lightly rinse it off with warm water. If possible, attempt to replace the root in its original position in your mouth and hold it there while travelling to your dentist. If that’s not possible, store it in a cup of milk until you see your dentist.
Chipped or broken tooth: Save any pieces of your tooth that you can find. Rinse your mouth and the tooth pieces lightly with warm water. Apply gauze, if your mouth is bleeding, for 10 minutes and use a cold compress on the outside of the mouth to help with swelling. See your dentist right away.
Abscess: Swollen, sensitive pocket around your gums or at the root of a tooth that looks like a gum pimple is called an abscess. This is infection and can be quite serious, so it’s important that you see your dentist immediately. Rinse your mouth with warm salty water to keep it clean.
Mouth wound: Most mouth wounds are rarely serious and require only a light rinse with warm, salty water. However, more serious lacerations that continue to bleed may require dental treatment, a tetanus shot or even stitches. Call your dentist right away. If bleeding persists, apply gauze to the wound and hold a small piece of ice in place to control swelling.
Toothache: Throbbing or sharp pain from your tooth is likely due to a cavity located very close to the nerve, causing unusual and sometimes severe pain. The best thing to do is to first take an over-the-counter pain reliever and then call your dentist.
Like any sudden medical issue, dental emergencies should never be ignored. If you have an emergency dental problem, call Pine Lake Family Dentistry at 425-391-9414.