Dental emergencies happen and it’s important that you know how to handle the situation. Here is a list of common dental emergencies, however, if you do not see your emergency on this list contact our office immediately so we can provide individualized care.
Contact your dentist’s office right away and inform them of your emergency. In the meantime, try to keep the tooth moist, do not touch the root. If possible, try placing the tooth back in the socket to keep it alive. Time is essential, get to the dentist as soon as possible.
Immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area. Put cold compresses on the face to keep any swelling down. If possible, place the broken piece in milk, and keep the tooth moist at all times.
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between the teeth. Take any over-the-counter pain medication to ease the pain. You can also place a cold compress on the area to reduce pain and swelling.
Rinse your mouth with warm salty water to clean it out. If not careful, an infection can spread. Call your dentist right away to have the infection treated properly.
Try to gently remove with floss but do not try to remove it with a sharp or pointed instruments.
If you feel that you have a dental emergency, please call (757) 431-1300 and we will do our very best to treat you promptly.
***This practice does not participate in the Medicaid program and is unable to treat patients with Medicaid.