Questions About Dental Emergencies

tooth emergencyHere at the Advanced Dental Center of Florence we see many patients with a variety of dental care needs. Emergency dental services are just one of the exceptional services we offer to our Florence, SC patients. Here is some additional information for our patients about dental emergencies:

1) What is a Dental Emergency?

A dental emergency is a term that can have different meanings to different professionals and there is much variation as to what injuries are actually considered dental emergencies. However, generally speaking, dental emergencies can include: injuries to the mouth, teeth that are knocked out, teeth that are forced out of position, loosened or fractured, laceration of lips, gums or cheeks or injuries that involve excessive or uncontrolled bleeding, pain or swelling.

2) How soon should I see a dentist?

Experts recommend that you see a professional immediately if you are experiencing any of the injuries listed above. Getting to a dentist within 30 minutes can make the difference between keeping or losing a tooth.

3) What should I do if one of my teeth has been knocked out?

If one or more of your teeth has been knocked out, it is essential that you immediately call your dentist for an emergency appointment.

Next, be sure to handle your tooth by the crown, not the root. Touching the root (any part of the tooth below the gum line) can damage cells necessary for reattachment to the bone.

Gently rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt or other debris.

If possible, gently place the clean tooth back into the socket to keep it moist. Alternatively, if it cannot be placed back into the socket, place in damp gauze and place it in milk or saliva.

4) What do I do if a tooth is pushed out of position?

Attempt to reposition the tooth to its normal alignment using very light finger pressure, but do not force the tooth. One the tooth is in its proper position, bite down to keep the tooth from moving. Contact your dentist as soon as possible for next steps.

5) What should I do if a tooth is fractured?

First rinse your mouth with warm water. Then, use an ice pack or cold compress to reduce swelling and immediately schedule an appointment with your dentist. Only a dentist can tell how bad the break is and recommend your next steps for treatment.

6) What do I do if my oral tissues are injured?

Injuries to the inside of the mouth include tears, puncture wounds and lacerations to the cheek, lips or tongue. The wound should be cleaned right away with warm water, and the injured person taken to a hospital emergency room for the necessary care. Bleeding from a tongue laceration can be reduced by pulling the tongue forward and using gauze to place pressure on the wound.

7) What can I do to be better prepared for a dental emergency?

Pack an emergency dental-care kit, including: your dentist’s phone number, some clean cloth, gauze, a small container with a lid and some Ibuprofen. Aspirin should not be used because it is an anticoagulant, which may cause excessive bleeding in a dental emergency.

Come See Dr. Griffin For All Your Emergency Dental Needs

If you live in Florence, SC and you need emergency dental assistance, or any other dental service, the Advanced Dental Center of Florence would love to help you today! We offer all the latest dental services with friendly service and at reasonable prices. If you would like to know more about the types of treatments we offer or financing options, please feel free to peruse the rest of our dental emergencies website or call one of our helpful staff members today.