OperatoryIn the event of an dental emergency, you may contact our after hours answering service.  During business hours, you can also contact us here at the Knollwood office, and we’ll do our best to provide recommendations, or to get you seen by the dentist as soon as possible.  Below we’ve listed some common dental emergencies and some suggestions for handling them.

Toothache

If you’re experiencing a toothache, first clean carefully and gently around the tooth. Rinsing with salt water is a good way to rinse your mouth and provide some relief.  You can apply a cold compress to your cheek if you are experiencing swelling.  We recommend acetaminophen to help with the pain.  Aspirin should never be used directly on the tooth or the gum.  If the toothache is severe and persistent, please contact us for an appointment.

Displaced Permanent Tooth

During an accident or injury, it may occur that a permanent tooth is knocked out of the mouth.  If possible, recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root.  Rinse the tooth, but it is best not to clean the tooth or handle it more than is necessary.  If you can, replace the tooth in the socket, and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth.  If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a glass of milk or water to preserve it. In this circumstance, you should contact your dentist immediately.

Broken Tooth

If a portion of your tooth breaks, recover the broken pieces, if possible.  After rinsing the broken tooth to remove excess fragments, close your mouth and place a cold compress on your cheek.  It is advised to contact your dentist right away.

Possible Broken Jaw

In the event of injury impacting the jaw, using a towel or other large piece of cloth, tie, tie the mouth shut and immobilize.  Go immediately to an emergency room.