Whether your kid has knocked out a tooth or bitten down hard on their tongue, the first thing to remember is to try to remain calm and not panic. Quick thinking and calling your dentist at Plymouth Family Dentistry is your best approach to handling many common dental emergencies and avoiding further unnecessary damages. Whether you’re a new or existing patient, we provide same-day emergency dentistry procedures in our Plymouth office when possible. Our emergency dentistry services are available during regular office hours only.
Contact Us Immediately in Emergencies
If you feel you need an emergency same-day appointment, we’ll do our best to accommodate you. Please call us right away to help minimize the major health risks associated with emergency dental care. If we’re unable to see you, we may be able to refer you to someone else in the local area. You can also visit your local hospital emergency room or urgent care center for most dental emergencies.
What to Do in a Dental Emergency
Here are some of the most common dental emergencies we see and how you should handle them:
- Severe Toothaches – Sometimes a toothache can be alleviated by simply rinsing out irritating food particles in between your teeth or around your gums or by taking an over-the-counter painkiller or applying a cold compress. However, a more persistent toothache could be indicative of a more serious problem.
- Knocked-Out Tooth – First and foremost, try to retrieve the knocked-out tooth if at all possible. If it’s dirty, rinse it off with water but don’t scrub it. If you can put it back in place, attempt it but don’t force it back into its socket. If you can’t put it back in place, put it in a cup of milk or a cup of water with a pinch of table salt. See your dentist immediately (within one hour if possible).
- Abscess Infection – You may try rinsing your mouth with a mild saltwater solution to help alleviate the pain, but you should plan to see your dentist right away. An abscess infection can quickly spread to other parts of your body.
- Lost Crown or Filling – If it’s a lost filling, you can stick a piece of sugarless gum over your exposed cavity. If it’s a lost crown, you can swab a little clove oil to the affected area and try to put the crown back over your tooth using toothpaste or a denture adhesive. Call your dentist!
- Chipped or Broken Tooth – If you’ve chipped or broken a tooth, remember to save the pieces. You may apply gauze to your mouth to stop the bleeding or a cold compress if there’s swelling, and then see your dentist as soon as possible.