Dental Emergency

Bur Oak Dental

Dental Emergency

We understand tooth pain is a scary position to be in once it happens…

There are many dental conditions that constitute emergencies and require urgent treatment. For optimum results, severe injury to the teeth and gums should be treated immediately. If ignored and left untreated, dental emergency conditions can worsen and result in tooth loss, severe infection, and permanent damage to the anatomy of the mouth.


Loose or Knocked-out Tooth

If you traumatize a tooth and feel it is loose, very gently hold it in place until you reach us. If the entire tooth is knocked out, it may be possible to save the tooth if we act immediately. You should try to rinse off any dirt and debris, reposition it back in the mouth and hold it in place with a clean gauze or cloth until you see us. A knocked out tooth should be handled by the crown, not the root. If the tooth is dirty or replanting is not possible, put it in a glass of milk. Do not let the tooth dry out. Time is critical with a missing tooth, you have about 15-30 minutes before it’s considered unsalvageable.

Chipped or Cracked Teeth

If you have chipped your tooth or a crown has fallen off, try to keep the piece with you and bring it to your dental appointment as soon as possible. If you leave the tooth as is, there is a concern the exposed surface may become infected.

Mouth and Gum Trauma

With any tissue injuries such as cuts, tears or lacerations to the cheek, lip or tongue, rinse the wound carefully with water then apply firm gentle pressure to stop bleeding. If the injury is significant, go to the hospital immediately.

Dental Abscess

If you have a toothache, rinse with warm salt water or floss to try and dislodge any trapped food. Applying Orajel to the area may help it calm down and provide some relief. If there is any swelling to the face area, try applying a cool compress and take an over the counter pain relief. See a dental specialist to avoid the infection spreading to the rest of your body. It is important to act quickly and calmly when you have a dental emergency to get relief as soon as possible. A knocked out, cracked or loose tooth can be salvaged if handled with care.

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