Handling a Dental Emergency

Sometimes in life, emergencies happen. They are often unpleasant and never any fun. If you’ve broken a limb, your first instinct is probably to call 911. But what do you do when you’re having a dental emergency, such as a broken tooth or knocked-out tooth?

At Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR, we’re proud to offer emergency same-day dental appointments. If you’re currently experiencing a dental emergency, we encourage you to call our office right away at 541-719-8260. We will do everything in our power to provide you with emergency care as soon as possible.

If you need to reach after our normal business hours, go ahead and call our office. Our answer machine message will give you contact information for Dr. Ben, so you can reach him if needed. We pride ourselves on being easy to reach if you’re having an emergency! (If you are experiencing a loss a blood or other critical problem, you should call 911.)

In today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to provide you with some tips about how to handle different dental emergencies. These tips can help ease your pain, and potentially save a tooth if it’s been knocked-out. We encourage you to bookmark this page on your smartphone so you know what to do if an emergency ever arises!

If you’ve had a tooth knocked-out, try not to panic. Although it can painful, we may actually be able to restore your tooth securely back into your mouth. Always save the tooth, but take great care in handling it. Grasp it by the crown (upper portion) and avoid touching the root of the tooth. If there is tissue attached to the tooth, leave it in place! Otherwise you can rinse any dirt or debris off the tooth with cool water. You’ll want to store the tooth either in a glass of milk or a container of Save-A-Tooth. If you’re experiencing pain, take an aspirin-free over-the-counter painkiller such as ibuprofen or Tylenol.

If you’ve fractured or broken a tooth, save the remaining pieces of the tooth. Depending on the severity of the break, we may be able to restore the tooth. Place the loose pieces of the tooth in a cup or container so you don’t lose them before your same-day emergency appointment. Place gauze or wax over the broken portion of your tooth still in your mouth, this helps prevent the broken tooth from cutting your check. If you’re bleeding near the broken tooth, you can use cotton or gauze to try and stop the bleeding. If you’re experiencing pain, take an aspirin-free over-the-counter painkiller such as ibuprofen or Tylenol.

If you’re having a toothache or experiencing swelling, call our office right away. Toothaches are often a sign from your body that something is wrong; whatever problem that is causing the toothache can get much worse without treatment. If there is swelling, use a cold compress to reduce it and take an anti-inflammatory painkiller (an NSAID). You can also gargle with warm salt water to relieve pain caused by a sore or an abscess.

If you’ve lost a filling, you do not need to worry about saving the filling. You can chew a piece of sugar-free gum and place it over the exposed cavity. If you’ve swallowed the filling, it should pass safely through your stool. If you suspect you’ve inhaled the filling into your lungs, call 911.

Make An Appointment

Don’t let a toothache keep you down! No matter what kind of dental emergency you may be having, at Eugene Family Dental in Eugene, OR, we can help! Every moment is important when it comes to your oral health, so call us right now at 541-719-8260.

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