Signs of a Dental Emergency
Some dental emergencies are more obvious that others. Oral trauma, knocked-out (avulsed) teeth, cracks, chips, and other highly visible damage should be treated right away. However, even more subtle and less visible issues are also considered emergencies. Things like missing or damaged dental work, a pulled-out crown or a missing filling, and persistent toothaches are much more common than oral injuries, but they are just as serious.
As a rule, we define a dental emergency as any oral issue that is causing you pain, discomfort, and/or bleeding, that you cannot treat on your own. If you are experiencing one of these issues, contact us right away for an appointment or stop by our office.
What To Do In A Dental Emergency
- First, you should call the team at Enamel Dentistry to let us know that you are coming in for an emergency appointment.
- Next, recover your tooth if it has been knocked out. Rinse it off with warm water and replace it in the socket or put it in a container of cold milk.
- Recovered dental work should be rinsed and stored in a plastic baggie.
- If you are bleeding, you can use cotton balls or sterile gauze to absorb the blood. Bleeding should slow and stop within 1-2 hours, at most.
- To treat pain and discomfort, you can take an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) like naproxen (Aleve) or acetaminophen (Tylenol).
- Swelling can be addressed by applying an ice pack externally to the cheek.
- Once you have treated bleeding, pain and discomfort, come to Enamel Dentistry as soon as you can to get professional treatment for your dental emergency.
We offer same-day emergency appointments at all of our locations. If possible, we ask that you call ahead so that we can prepare for your visit and offer the best service as soon as your arrive. However, we know this isn’t always possible, so don't hesitate to walk-in without calling. We will do our best to accommodate you and get you the emergency treatment you need as quickly as possible.