At Serene Dental we will make every effort to see emergencies IMMEDIATELY. Immediate action when a dental emergency occurs can prevent permanent damage and help ease pain. A common dental problem is a toothache. Cavities do not cause pain until they have progressed to the point of possibly jeopardizing the tooth. Toothaches require immediate attention for this reason. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Tylenol or aspirin may relieve some of the sensitivity. Avoid extreme temperature and sweets as this may aggravate the symptoms. Call the Dentist immediately – even if the pain goes away, the sooner the problem is treated, the smaller the chance of permanent damage to the tooth or the mouth.
If the pain is due to a lost filling, the filling should be replaced as soon as possible in order to prevent further decay from food particles and bacteria. An abscess or swelling is caused by an infection in the tooth or gum. An abscess can have a serious affect on your general health as well as the health of the adjoining teeth or tissues and will not go away by itself. An over-the-counter pain reliever Tylenol or Aspirin may relieve some of the pain temporarily, call your dentist as soon as possible. Do not place aspirin directly on the gums or in the mouth to dissolve. Aspirin will burn the tissues of the mouth.
If a tooth is knocked out, pick it up by the crown, not the root so as not to damage any nerve endings. Place the tooth back into its’ socket or hold it between the cheek and gums. If there is a risk of swallowing the tooth, place it in a glass of milk, salt water or a moist towel. Time is very important in a case such as this – if you see your dentist within 30 min. there is a good chance the tooth may be successfully re-implanted. No matter what the emergency, your dentist is the best person to contact in case there is a problem or question.