No one ever wants to have an emergency, especially a dental one. However, if you or your family ever have a dental emergency we are ready to help. If you have a dental emergency and require dental care outside of normal office hours, you can always reach us so that you may get the emergency dentistry you need.
Here are some tips for handling some common dental emergencies:
Broken Jaw | If you think you might have broken your jaw, using a cold compress is a good idea to help combat swelling. Give us a call if you can, or get yourself to the hospital.
Fractured, Chipped, or Broken Teeth | If any of these things have happened to one of your teeth be sure to take the part that has broken and rinse it with warm water. To help with swelling you may want to use a cold compress. If you are able to find the piece that has broken off, be sure to save it, and please get in touch with us when you can.
Knocked Out Tooth | If your tooth has somehow been knocked out, be sure to clean the tooth in water without soap. When you clean the knocked out tooth, only touch the crown of the tooth (the crown is the part you can see in your mouth normally). If you can, try putting the tooth back in its socket and hold it there with a clean cloth or towel. If you can’t, then be sure to place the tooth in a container filled with milk. Please be sure to call us immediately, and/or go to the hospital. By doing this there is a chance that your tooth can be saved.
Loose Tooth | If your child’s tooth is loose (and it is a baby tooth), you can attempt to pull it. However if it is an adult tooth, please contact us as soon as you can.
Something Caught in Teeth | If you get something caught in your teeth, the first thing you will want to try is to floss it out. Whatever you do, do not use other items besides floss or the brush part of your toothbrush – sticking other objects in your mouth to remove something can be dangerous! If you can’t floss the item out, please call us.
Bitten Tongue or Lip | If you have bitten your tongue or lip hard enough for it to bleed, be sure to clean the area with clean water. To help avoid swelling you might want to use a cold compress on the affected area.
If you have any dental emergency Dr. Beveridge and his staff are ready to help you whether you are currently a patient or not. Please give us a call!