Glenhaven Dentistry

Emergency Dental Care

December 14, 2017
Posted By: Denver Eslinger

Dealing with a Dental Emergency

It’s good to know that emergency treatment is available, but it’s also important to be aware of what you can do until you can get in to see us. The steps you take can actually make a difference between saving and losing a tooth.

Note: If you experience dental trauma that includes injury to the jaw or head, go directly to an emergency room or call 911.

Knocked Out Tooth: Contact our office immediately. Do not touch the root of the tooth. Gently hold the crown of the tooth and rinse carefully in water if it’s dirty. Do not scrub the tooth because you may inadvertently remove attached tissue fragments. If possible, try to gently place the tooth back in its socket. Otherwise, place the tooth in a cup of milk so it does not dry out before you get to our office.

Broken Tooth: Rinse your mouth with warm water to make sure the area is clean. A cold compress on and off every 20 minutes can help reduce swelling and keep you comfortable.

Lost Filling or Crown: Losing a filling or dental crown may cause pain but can also weaken your tooth. Contact our office immediately to avoid the possibility of further damaging the tooth.

Severe Toothache Pain: Severe pain indicates a serious problem and should be addressed immediately. Toothache pain may be the result of a lost filling; decayed, cracked, or broken teeth; or advanced periodontal disease. A bump on your gum may indicate that your tooth is abscessed and requires root canal therapy. Ice packs placed on and off the area at 20-minute intervals will provide some relief until you get to our office.

Dental emergencies should be dealt with quickly to increase the likelihood of saving the tooth. The members of our team are trained to handle dental emergencies, and we are available to provide relief and make sure you get the prompt treatment you need.
Your comfort and peace of mind is as important to us as your oral health. If you experience a dental emergency, please contact Glenhaven Dentistry at 805-238-1787.


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