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Fractured Tooth

One of the most common dental emergencies is that of a fractured or broken tooth. In fact, most sport related injuries affect the mouth and usually the upper teeth. If you have broken a tooth due to an accident or injury it is important to call us immediately. Do not attempt to clean off the tooth. Instead, place it in a cup of milk or tap water and bring it directly to our office. If it is after business hours please call our office line to contact our on-call staff.

Avulsion of a Permanent Tooth

If a permanent tooth comes out completely due to trauma, put the tooth directly back into the socket and hold it in place while contacting our office. If the tooth has become dirty or soiled, do not scrub the tooth off. Instead, you may rinse it briefly in tap water until the visible residue is gone. Rubbing the root with a hand or towel may cause the delicate connective tissue to be removed. After the tooth has been rinsed, then attempt to place it back into the socket. If it will not go back in, put it into a cup of milk or water and transport it directly to our office. If it is after hours, please call our phone line to reach a member of our on-call staff.

Broken Jaw

A broken jaw is a very serious medical emergency. If this has happened, call 911 or go to your local emergency room immediately. If the jaw fracture also involves teeth, please have someone call our office so that we can meet you after your emergency care for a follow up.

Toothache

Toothaches may be dull and achy or cause sharp, severe pain. The important thing to remember is that toothaches do not go away on its own and exist because there are other conditions such as decay or infection. The best way to prevent toothaches is by completing dental treatment in a timely manner. Taking an over the counter pain medicine or topical pain relievers may help alleviate symptoms until you are able to come into the office for treatment. Even if your pain goes away, please see us in a timely manner so that we can prevent future toothaches by addressing the source.

Broken Filling

A broken filling may be due to the age of the filling, or from recurrent tooth decay in the area. The filling may simply fall out, or it could be pulled out when eating. When a filling falls out, the remaining tooth integrity is compromised, and may fracture if the filling is not replaced in a timely manner. Please avoid chewing on these teeth to prevent additional fracturing of the tooth enamel. Call our office to schedule an appointment at your earliest opportunity.

Crown Falling Off

Similar to a broken filling, crowns or other dental restorations may come off due to their age or new tooth decay in the area. If the crown is loose, this means the seal between the tooth has been compromised and new bacteria can enter into the area underneath. An appointment should be scheduled at your earliest convenience to re-cement the crown or address new conditions that may have arisen. If the crown has fallen off completely, you may leave it off and place it in a small sandwich bag to bring to your appointment.

Some people prefer to push the crown back on and seal it with a small amount of toothpaste or over the counter dental adhesive. Please be advised that these are not permanent fixes and the crown may still come off during normal activities, however it may be the method of choice if the crown is on a front tooth and appearance is a concern. Avoid chewing on the crown and call us to schedule an appointment.

Infection or Swelling

Anytime swelling occurs in the mouth, you should call our office. Some swelling may be due to dental infections that require antibiotics, while others may be caused by other types of infection. Conditions such as abscesses or swelling should not be ignored, as they could result in subsequent infections in areas like the brain or heart. If swelling is severe and interferes with breathing, vision, or other functions, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. If it is small and localized to a tooth, please call to schedule an appointment.

Injury to the Lip of Tongue

For trauma or injury to the mouth that does not affect the teeth, apply an ice pack to the area in order to decrease pain and swelling. If there is a cut that is actively bleeding, apply firm pressure using a damp cloth for as long as 15 minutes. If the bleeding cannot be controlled, then visit the emergency room.

Drs. Michelle and James Grosleib are here to help care for all of your dental needs, including the emergencies that happen after hours or on the weekend.

If you are a patient of record and are experiencing a dental emergency, please call our office to speak with us during business hours, or to contact us at the provided emergency number after hours. One of our staff will discuss your symptoms and determine whether or not urgent care is needed.

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