Know how to deal with dental emergencies
– Dr. Rod Johnson
One of the best ways to avoid dental emergencies is with a regular oral hygiene routine.
- Brushing your teeth and gums for two minutes twice per day.
- Flossing or cleaning between your teeth daily.
- Attending regular dental hygiene appointments and check-ups.
At your regular appointments, our hygienist gives your teeth a deeper cleaning than you can do for yourself at home and cleans off any plaque that has hardened into tartar – something you just can’t remove yourself. Your dental checkup helps identifies areas of concern, so we can treat them right away when they’re small – before it becomes a painful emergency dental concern.
But, sometimes even with the best oral homecare routines and with regular dental appointments, dental emergencies happen. Here are some – and ideas to handle them until you can get in to see us.
But, before we go any further…
Heavy bleeding from a mouth injury may warrant a visit to the emergency room. If in doubt, go to the hospital.
If you are currently suffering from severe dental pain or a knocked-out tooth – call us right away. These dental emergencies can’t wait.
When you lose a tooth to trauma, the window for saving it is very small. Call us right away and bring us the tooth if you have it. Do not handle it by the root. Try to place it back into the hole and gently bite down to keep it in place, and if you can’t, place it in a glass of milk or clean water.
Broken or Chipped Tooth
Give us a call. We can often reattach the broken tooth with tooth-colored bonding material, so gently rinse the chip with clean water and bring it to your emergency dental appointment. If you have any swelling, a cold compress may help, as will over-the-counter pain medication if you can tolerate it.
After rinsing your mouth with warm water, check to see if there is anything stuck between your teeth. You’d be surprised at how much pain can be created by something lodged in your teeth. If the pain is severe enough to take an Advil or aspirin, do not place it close to the tooth that hurts. This will make it worse. Call for an appointment as soon as you can. Severe pain could indicate a serious problem. Don’t delay.
If you ever have a question or concern about a dental issue, please call our conveniently located dental practice in Tigard. Our team loves answering questions and does so without judgement. We’re here for your family’s smiles!