Our team understands that the very nature of an emergency is an inconvenience and scary. As your dedicated dental team, we are here for you in these stressful times.
Please call our office immediately to request an emergency visit if you experience a severe toothache, knock out a tooth, badly damage your teeth, or find yourself experiencing another type of dental pain. We do our very best to make time to see you the same day if not see cases immediately. If you experience intense bleeding or your emergency extends beyond dental care, please go to the nearest emergency room for assistance.
Some situations can be remedied or improved by following a few simple tips. While these suggestions do not solve all problems, they offer first-aid care until you can come to our office or the local emergency room.
Temporary Crown Falls Out
If your temporary falls out and you still have it, dry your natural tooth, apply a small dab of toothpaste to the temporary and reattach it. You may also use dental wax or temporary adhesive, available at most pharmacies. Please call our office so that we can professionally reattach your temporary as soon as possible.
Knocked Out Tooth
Rinse the tooth gently under water to remove debris. **Do not scrub the root of the tooth.** Place the tooth into the socket it fell from and hold it in place until you get to our office. Otherwise, put the tooth into a baggie of milk and bring it to us so that we can determine whether reattachment is possible.
Cut/Bitten Tongue or Lip
Thoroughly clean the cut, then hold a cold compress against it. If bleeding does not stop, go to your local emergency room. You may need stitches.
A cracked or broken tooth should be rinsed immediately with warm water. Then hold a cold compress against the affected tooth to reduce swelling while on your way to our office for assistance.
Possibly Broken Jaw
If you think your jaw may be broken, apply a cold compress and proceed to your local emergency room immediately. If you lost or damaged teeth during your injury, please call us, as well.
Rinse your mouth and the area around the tooth, then floss around the tooth to make sure that debris is not causing the pain. Do not put an aspirin on the tooth because it can damage your gum tissue. Call our office for an appointment if the pain persists.
Something Caught Between Teeth
Use dental floss to gently remove the debris, and be sure that you don’t cut your gums with the floss. Do not use a sharp instrument to dislodge the debris. If floss doesn’t help, call our office for an appointment.
If you have additional concerns regarding dental trauma, please take a look at http://www.dentaltraumaguide.org/ to review some of the symptoms or steps you should take for your emergency.
Call Lake Family Dental today to schedule your emergency or comprehensive dental appointment. Dr. Mike and Dr. Mark Thiele and the Lake Family Dental staff strive to make your dental goals a reality. We believe it's time for you to experience dental care that creates a stunning smile.