A dental emergency is a situation where the teeth have been suddenly and unexpectedly damaged, and they happen every day (and not just during sports). If you or a loved one, for example, have a tooth knocked out during an accident, do you know what to do? Those tense moments right after an accident are no time to come up with a plan. If you ever find yourself in the middle of a dental emergency, don’t worry, there’s only one thing you need to do: call Abington Family Dental Care.
Our team is specially trained to handle a wide variety of dental emergencies, and when you call in, we’ll make an appointment to see you as quickly as possible. When you make it to our office, we’ll handle your case promptly so we can relieve your pain and save your smile. In the end, right when you need us the most, you can always trust us to be there.
Of course, there are a few helpful things you can do right after you’ve experienced a dental emergency. Below, you’ll find tips on how to handle some of the most common ones, but be sure to follow these directions only after you have called us.
Try to find your tooth if possible, pick it up only by the crown, and gently rinse it off with some warm water. See if you can place it back into its socket, and if you can’t, put it into a container of milk. It’s essential that the tooth stays wet until we can see you in order to make reattachment more likely.
Lightly rinse your mouth with warm water and place a cold compress on your cheek to help manage any pain or swelling you might experience. You can also take an over-the-counter pain medication if needed.
Can you find the crown? If so, rinse it off with some water, make sure your natural tooth is dry, and try to put it back using a small amount of toothpaste, dental wax, or a temporary adhesive (all of which should be readily available at your local pharmacy). Whether you can get it to stay in place or not, be sure to call us as soon as you can so we can fully reattach the crown.
If you believe that your jaw may be broken, please go to your local emergency room first. If your teeth happened to be damaged during the same accident, be sure to call us only after your attending physician has cleared you.
Rinse the area around the tooth and gently floss to make sure the pain isn’t being caused by anything stuck between your teeth. If the pain persists, you can use a cold compress and/or an over-the-counter pain medication to handle your discomfort. Be sure to NOT place an aspirin directly on your gums next to the tooth as this can damage the area.
If you or a loved one ever experience a dental emergency, please be sure to call our practice immediately. We’ll walk you through exactly what to do, and we’ll make sure to take care of your emergency as quickly as possible.