Dental Emergencies

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, dial 911 for immediate medical help, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Toothache

A toothache is an indicator of an infect tooth. Other signs include throbbing pain not relieved by Tylenol or Ibuprofen, swelling, redness and feels hot to the touch.

Call our office to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. An infection can cause severe pain and should be evaluated by Dr. Matt immediately.

Broken Tooth or Lost Filling

If the tooth is sensitive, you can place a piece of soft wax over the remaining chipped tooth or were the filling was. It is important to call to schedule an appointment immediately.

Adult Tooth Knocked-Out

Rinse off the tooth with water, but do not scrub it. Handle the tooth only by the crown (top) and avoid touching the tooth root.

If you are able, gently push the tooth back into the socket. Call our office immediately. If you are unable to place the tooth back in the socket, place the tooth in a cup of saliva (spit), milk or saline (not water), and call our office immediately.

If you are not able to place the tooth in a cup, a cooperative injured patient can hold the tooth between the cheek and gums. Never transport a tooth dry.

Baby Tooth Knocked-Out

NEVER try to place a baby tooth back into the socket. This could damage the child’s permanent teeth that lay beneath. Call our office immediately. An exam to the child’s mouth for injuries and potential damage to other teeth needs to be made as soon as possible.

Crown or Temporary Crown Loss

You can try to re-cement the crown using a putty-like glue purchased over-the-counter at most drug stores in a dental first-aid kit.

However, these cements are only intended to hold the crown in place temporarily until you are able to come in to see Dr. Matt. Never leave a self-cemented crown in place longer than absolutely necessary. Damage may occur to tooth, gums and surrounding teeth.