If you have an emergency, call early and we will see you that day. After hours, leave a message on our voice mail and we will respond as quickly as possible. In the meantime, here's what to do until you get to the dental office.
A toothache tells you something is wrong that needs attention. Rinse your mouth with warm water and try to floss away any food particles. Don't put aspirin on your tooth. It will irritate, even ulcerate, the gum tissue. Ice packs or a numbing agent may make you more comfortable while you're scheduling your appointment.
Save the filling so we can have a look at it. Rinse your mouth gently with lukewarm water to remove debris. Dissolved table salt or baking soda is soothing. If the tooth is sensitive, protect it with dental wax or in a pinch, sugarless gum.
Lost Crown or Onlay
Displaced crowns and onlays can sometimes be reused. Hang onto it. To protect the tooth from the air, try to replace the crown or onlay with denture adhesive.
Knocked Out Tooth
If we can treat you within an hour, chances are we can reseat the tooth for good. Don't touch the tooth root. Gently replace the tooth where it belongs if you can, or keep it moist. The best place to store it is between your cheek and gum, but be careful not to swallow it. Second best place is in milk.
Damaged Bridges, Dentures, or Partials
Do not risk home repairs. Glue can destroy denture materials and cause tissue erosion. Keep all the pieces, even the smallest, and call us. We can usually return an emergency repair by the end of the day if you bring it in first thing is the morning (8 am).
Lacerations or Jaw Damage
This requires immediate treatment at a hospital facility or an oral surgeon's office. Take such injuries seriously. Delay may result in further damage.