Dr. Anderson’s Experience with Dental Emergencies
Dr. Anderson has been solving dental emergencies for 10 years, offering immediate help when his patients need him most.
Purpose of Treatment
Symptoms of Issue
A dental emergency is often frightening and almost always painful. Maybe you were in an accident and your teeth took damage, or maybe a tortilla chip was the last straw for your crown, which broke off. Pain from dental emergencies will get worse without treatment, and dental problems can lead to other serious health problems. You need prompt treatment to alleviate pain and ensure your teeth have the best chance for survival.
We treat injuries such as the following:
Avulsedtooth (tooth knocked out)
- Lost filling or crown
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Dislodged/loose teeth
What this Treatment Involves
When you have a dental emergency, you need to get help as fast as possible. So the first step in any dental emergency is to call our office. Here’s what to expect:
- When you have a tooth knocked out, time is of the essence. Generally speaking, you have an hour window in which to place a tooth back in its socket to promote tissue regrowth. So pick up the tooth and put it in a cup of milk, saliva, or water; you need to keep it wet. We’ll try to replace the tooth in its natural socket. Sometimes it will reattach, but if the inner mechanisms of the tooth are too damaged, we might need to do root canal therapy.
- If you’ve lost a filling or crown, keep it in a cool, safe place—we might be able to reinsert it. If it’s out of the mouth for too long, your teeth may shift or sustain further damage. If you can’t get in for an appointment right away, put clove oil on your tooth to alleviate pain. Get some dental cement at a pharmacy and affix the crown to your tooth. Even if you can’t find the crown, you can put dental cement on your tooth to help with discomfort. If you don’t have the cap, or it doesn’t fit, we’ll make a new crown.
- Sometimes when you’ve cracked or broken a tooth, it doesn’t hurt. Other times, it will be excruciating. Either way, you need to see us. We’ll determine if you need root canal therapy. We also may be able to attach the fragment back onto your tooth temporarily.
Follow these steps after making an appointment:
- Rinse your remaining tooth and mouth in lukewarm water.
- Apply gauze for 10 minutes if you’re bleeding.
- Place a cold, damp cloth on your cheek to keep swelling and pain down.
- Cover the area with dental cement if you can’t see us right away.
- Take a topical pain reliever.
When you’ve dislodged a tooth or knocked a tooth loose, we might be able to save it. We’ll reposition the tooth and add splints to stabilize it. If it doesn’t heal, we might need to do root canal therapy. Before you get in to see us, use a cold compress and over-the-counter pain reliever.