Whenever a concern about your teeth arises, please don’t hesitate to call our office. Even outside of regular business hours, patients of Bond Family and Implant Dentistry can have their calls transferred directly to a staff member for assistance. The following information is intended to help you sort through which dental issues require immediate attention and which ones can wait a short period of time without risk to the long term health of your tooth.
Please call Bond Family and Implant Dentistry immediately if you are experiencing any of these symptoms: significant dental pain, an injury to your gums, a knocked out tooth, or sudden gum swelling (including bulges or knots). It is always a dental emergency if it is a matter of saving a tooth, stopping bleeding, or alleviating severe pain. If your tooth has been knocked out completely you will want to handle the tooth as little as possible, and don’t touch the roots. If you can, gently rinse away debris from the tooth and socket, set the tooth back in its socket, and bite on a moistened piece of gauze to hold the tooth in place during transport to our office. If putting the tooth back in its socket is not an option you can bring the tooth to your appointment in a cup of milk or saliva.
If you have a cracked or broken tooth, it may or may not be an emergency situation. The first question is, “How badly does it hurt?” If the pain is severe there may be nerve damage, and you should see Dr. Bond right away. In the meantime you can bite on a piece of gauze to stop the bleeding, and apply a cold pack to relieve some pain. Taking acetaminophen will also help. Try to avoid aspirin or Ibuprofen because their anti coagulating properties could make bleeding harder to stop. When a broken or cracked tooth in the front of the mouth is not a medical emergency, but causes you to be embarrassed to open your mouth, please give us a call. Dr. Bond makes every effort to treat these cases as quickly as possible to get you back to smiling and laughing worry-free.
When a crown or a temporary crown falls off it is usually not a dental emergency. You can re-adhere the crown yourself with an over the counter dental adhesive, such as Dentemp, or even using a little bit of toothpaste or petroleum jelly. Dr. Bond will want to see you within a few days to check on your tooth and re-cement your crown. If you lose a filling you can also apply an over the counter dental adhesive or putty to the tooth surface; it will help protect the tooth until you can see Dr. Bond.
You can lessen your chances of experiencing a dental emergency by having routine dental checkups to ensure your teeth stay decay-free. We also recommend wearing a mouth guard during sports, and steering clear of chewing very hard foods or ice. A dental check up before you leave on an extended vacation, especially if you’re travelling internationally, may help prevent an emergency when you’re on the road.
Any time you are in doubt about whether you are experiencing a dental emergency, please give us a call. We are happy to help you navigate your symptoms and decide how urgent your dental treatment needs are.