A dental emergency is a situation where a dental problem requires immediate attention to save a tooth.
A dental emergency is a situation where a dental problem requires immediate attention to save a tooth, stop bleeding, or alleviate severe pain. Having the knowledge on how to manage a dental emergency can mean the difference between losing and saving a tooth.
Tooth Knocked Out: If a tooth is avulsed from the mouth, attempt to place the tooth back in place and hold it there until you immediately get to the dentist. If it is impossible to place the tooth back put the tooth into milk (if milk is unavailable place it in water), and take it to the dentist as soon as possible.
Bleeding Following Extraction: Minor bleeding following an extraction is normal and to be expected. Within one hour a clot will form after the extraction. If bleeding persists, place a thick gauze pad over the site. Applying pressure will control the blood flow. After following these steps, if the bleeding continues soak a tea bag in water, place it in a thin piece of gauze and apply pressure for an hour. The tea leaves contain minerals that assist in the clotting procedure. If unable to gain control of the bleeding, call the office.
Mouth Sores: Canker sores are small, superficial, painful ulcers that appear usually due to stress or tissue trauma. These sores can heal on their own within a week or two without treatment. Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are caused by a virus. Cold sores form blisters that can break and ooze. Cold sores can be contagious until they are crusted over completely.
Toothache: A toothache is usually a sign of decay or an infection. Tylenol or aspirin can sometimes be effective in alleviating some of the pain, but call your dentist to have the pain evaluated and treated.
We realize that emergencies do happen, and we will do our best to respond as promptly as possible.
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