How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies – Grants Pass, OR
Helpful Advice for Urgent Situations
Dental emergencies can happen when you least expect them, and knowing how to react fast can help reduce your pain and may even save your tooth! The first step should always be to call our team at Premier Dental Care in Grants Pass. Dr. Tanner Barratt will guide you over the phone and tell you whether you should come to our office or seek emergency medical attention. If you are experiencing one of the common dental emergencies listed below, you can even take action before you reach our office doors.
If your tooth is suddenly knocked out, you should always seek immediate emergency dental care. Depending on your unique circumstance, Dr. Barratt may be able to reattach your tooth. First, however, try to place your dislodged tooth back into its original socket, being careful to avoid touching the exposed tooth roots. If you are unable to do this, put the tooth in a small, secure plastic container filled with milk before heading to our office.
Chipped or Broken Tooth
If a chipped or broken tooth is causing you pain, rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to your cheek to reduce any swelling. In addition, over-the-counter pain medication can also provide some temporary relief. If the roots of your tooth remain intact, Dr. Barratt may be able to restore your tooth with a crown. However, if the inner tooth is badly damaged, extraction may be necessary.
Lost Filling or Crown
The first step after a filling or crown falls out is to try to reattach it using dental cement or denture adhesive, both of which can be purchased at most local drugstores. If you cannot reattach your lost filling or crown, avoid chewing on that side of your mouth until you receive treatment. In almost all cases, you should not wait to contact our office. Dr. Barratt may be able to reattach your restoration if it is still in good shape. If your restoration is broken, however, you may need a full replacement.
Soft Tissue Damage
Cuts to the tongue, lips or cheeks can seem scary because they often produce a lot of blood. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water to clean the injured area and apply a gauze pad to the laceration for 10 to 15 minutes. If you are still in pain afterward, apply a cold compress to your lip or check for an additional 5 to 10 minutes. If the bleeding does not stop, seek emergency medical help before visiting our office.