Contact Us When You Need Emergency Dentistry
By their very nature, no one can really plan for a dental emergency. Nobody anticipates having one of their teeth knocked out or a crown suddenly breaking on them. However, what you can plan for is what you do when the unexpected does happen to your smile. If you or a loved one ever find yourselves in the middle of a dental emergency, you only need to do one thing: contact Premier Care Dental.
Dr. Jordan Singer and our entire team are experienced and equipped to handle a wide variety of dental emergencies in-house. We also understand that you shouldn’t be made to wait if you’re in pain, so when you call us with an emergency, we’ll do everything we can to see you as quickly as possible. We’ll relieve your pain and make sure the same problem won’t pop up again in the future. When you need dental care NOW, you can always count on us to be there when you need us the most.
We Can Handle the Following Dental Emergencies:
- Knocked out teeth
- Partially dislodged teeth
- Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
- Severe toothache
- Abscessed teeth
- Broken or lost dental work
- Object stuck between the teeth
- Injury to the lips, gums, or jaw
- Pain or swelling in the face
If you suspect that you have suffered a broken bone in addition to your dental injury, or if you can’t stop bleeding after 10 minutes, be sure to head to your local emergency room first. Only contact us after you have been cleared to leave! And, if you’re in pain and are unsure whether or not your situation is a dental emergency, please give us a call anyway, and we’ll be happy to let you know what to do next.
Tips to Avoid Dental Emergencies
- Always wear a mouthguard when playing sports, no matter your age or level of play.
- Don’t chew on extremely hard items such as ice, rock candies, peanut brittle, etc…
- Don’t use your teeth as tools to open bottles, packages, or tear off tags.
- Come see us for regular checkups and cleanings so we can catch a small problem and make sure it doesn’t turn into an emergency later!
How to Handle a Dental Emergency
Follow the steps below once you have experienced a dental emergency:
- Contact Premier Care Dental as soon as you can.
- Try to find any pieces of your tooth or dental work that have been knocked out.
- Rinse it/them off with warm water.
- In the case of a knocked out tooth, try to place it back into your mouth if possible. If not, put the tooth in a container of milk or saltwater. It must remain wet until you can see us to keep it viable for reattachment!
- Use a cold compress in 10-minute intervals to handle any pain or swelling.
- Use a clean rag or gauze and firm pressure to stop any bleeding.
- You can also take an OTC medication to lessen pain, but avoid aspirin, as this could make bleeding worse.
Dental Emergency FAQs
When emergencies happen, the natural way to react is to panic, but it’s important to always try and stay calm. This lessens the chance for additional mistakes to happen. If you’re unsure what to do, where to go, etc. take a look at some of these dental emergency frequently asked questions.
What is Considered an Emergency?
When a dental emergency occurs, it’s not always easy to tell if it’s something that should be dealt with right away, or if you should wait, especially if it happens after normal business hours. There are a few ways you can determine if need emergency care:
- Knocked-out Tooth
- Broken tooth or filling
- Swelling in your cheeks, chin, lip, or gums
- Immense pain that is keeping you from eating or sleeping
- Moderate to heavy bleeding
If you’re still unsure, or you simply want peace of mind, feel free to call our office. Our emergency dentist in Klamath Falls will be happy to walk you through the appropriate steps.
What if I’m in Pain?
It’s natural to want to find anything that will relieve immense pain. While over-the-counter pain medication is just fine at lessening pain and discomfort, it’s important not to avoid the dentist office just because you might feel somewhat better. If there is serious damage, it needs to be fixed, and only a skilled dental professional can determine the best method of treatment.
When Should I Go to the Hospital vs. the Dentist?
If you think determining when you should seek emergency help is difficult, you’ll also need to determine if you should go to the hospital or wait to see your dentist in Klamath Falls. To help you, here are some ways you can tell if you need to get to a hospital:
- Bleeding does not cease after 15 minutes of applying pressure.
- Your jaw is fractured, broken, or dislocated.
- Lacerations to your face that require stitches.
- A tooth has been knocked out and you’re unable to see us within an hour.
- You have swelling that is not going down, an abscessed tooth, or a severe toothache that requires antibiotics immediately.
If your dental emergency doesn’t fall into any of these categories, you’re probably ok to wait and see a dentist. Our team of professionals will work to ensure your needs are met whether it’s in the office or over the phone.
Why is It Important to Address a Dental Emergency Immediately?
Depending on the severity of the emergency, accidents and injuries that occur in the mouth can be time sensitive. For example, a knocked-out tooth must be seen immediately in order to save the tooth. The dentist can work to put it back in to place if seen quickly enough.
No dental emergency is “minor.” While some are much more severe (i.e. dislocated jaw), any type of mouth injury can lead to worsening problems if left untreated. Missing teeth can lead to bone loss and additional tooth loss, and chipped or broken teeth leave your untouched, natural teeth vulnerable to future damage.