Here at Pine Tree Dental, we know that life can be hectic and is often unpredictable. Dental emergencies can arise at any time, and whether the problem is the result of a chronic condition that you’ve been neglecting or is due to some unforeseen trauma, when you have dental pain, you want it gone, fast! We know how important it is to get relief from dental pain as soon as possible, so we offer emergency dentistry to our patients. If you have a dental emergency we will work you in as soon as we can.
A dental emergency can be frightening. Here are some of the steps you can take to minimize the damage should you experience any of the following:
- Toothache-for toothaches and sudden changes in sensitivity, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Rinsing the area with warm, but not hot, salty water can sometimes give some pain relief.
- Knocked-out tooth-if your tooth is knocked out, grasp it by the crown (the part that is visible above the gums), rinse thoroughly, but do not scrub any of the attached oral tissues off of the tooth, and try to reinsert the tooth back into the socket. If that is not possible, place the tooth in a cup of water or milk to prevent it drying out (or if that’s not possible, it can be carried to our office in your mouth) and get to our office as soon as possible. If you act quickly the tooth may be able to be saved.
- Broken tooth-collect the pieces of your tooth if possible and bring them with you. Be very careful! Broken teeth are sharp and can easily cut soft oral tissues.
- Lost or broken fillings, bridges, and crowns-collect all the pieces if possible and bring them with you to our office
- Broken jawbone-if you think you have broken a bone, go to the emergency room
If you or a loved one have an emergency situation, rest assured that we will do our best to treat you as quickly and efficiently as possible. Emergencies are stressful, let us put your mind at ease.