When You Need an Emergency Dental Visit
Whether you chipped a tooth biting into some food, lost a crown or filling, or suffered a sports related oral injury, we can help. Here are some common painful dental emergencies and guidelines on what to do.
Draining Abscess and/or Swelling at the Base of a Tooth
Place a cold compress on the face, in the affected area to minimize swelling. Call Dr. Best to schedule an appointment so you can be seen immediately.
Broken or Chipped Teeth
Gently clean any dirt or debris from the injured area with warm water. Place a cold compress on the face, in the area of the injured tooth to minimize swelling. Use orthodontic or candle wax to cover sharp edges that may be cutting into any oral tissue. Call Dr. Best to schedule an appointment.
Bitten Tongue or Lip
Apply direct pressure to the bleeding area with a clean cloth. If swelling is present, apply cold compresses. If the bleeding does not stop, go to a hospital emergency room. Call Dr. Best to schedule an appointment.
If the tooth is dirty, rinse it gently in running water. Do not scrub it. Gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If this is not possible, place the tooth in a container of milk or cool water. Call Dr. Best and go to her office immediately. Don’t forget to bring the tooth!
Lost Crown or Filling
Save the crown as we may be able to recement it. If you are away and cannot see Dr. Best right away, then purchase and use temporary filling or cement (found in the oral care section at the closest pharmacy). Call Dr. Best to schedule an appointment.
Rinse the mouth vigorously with warm water to clean out any debris. Use dental floss to remove any food that might be trapped between the teeth. If the swelling is present, place cold compresses on the outside of the cheek. Do not use heat or place aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissue. Call Dr. Best to schedule an appointment
Fractured Jaw. Immobilize the jaw by any means (handkerchief, necktie, towel). If swelling is present, apply cold compresses. Go immediately to a hospital emergency room.