Sometimes, accidents happen and cause major pain and discomfort. If such an accident happens to your teeth or any other part of your mouth, it’s important to find a reliable emergency dentist who will give you the best treatment as soon as possible.
When Do I Need Emergency Dental Care?
You will need emergency dental care if:
- Your tooth was completely or partially (such that the dental pulp is exposed) detached from its socket (avulsion).
- Your tooth was fractured or broken due to blunt force trauma.
- You are experiencing extreme pain and sensitivity which hinders you from performing your normal daily activities (work, school, leisure, etc.).
- Your dental restoration (crown or bridge, denture, etc.) was broken or lost.
- Other unusual oral problems which may be bringing you pain, discomfort and anxiety such as incessant bleeding, tenderness, inflammation, lockjaw, etc.
Why Do I Need an Emergency Dentist?
Although first aid can be given for any medical emergency, it is always recommended to get proper treatment as soon as possible to avoid further complications. This also applies to dental emergencies. Call our dental office at (541) 756-0155 as soon as you experience a dental emergency and our dentists and team will work with you to fix your dental emergency.
First Aid for Emergency Dental Situations
After calling our office, here are a few first aid steps you can apply to deal with your dental emergency until you can get in to see us.
An avulsed tooth, or a tooth that came out of its socket by force, can be saved within an hour of its avulsion. Time is critical here. Since the tooth did not fall out on its own, the nerves and pulp remain alive; and the tooth can be reconnected back to the tissues underneath the socket. However, it is important to store the avulsed tooth properly. Here are the steps to follow in case of a tooth avulsion:
Pick up the avulsed tooth by the crown and rinse it briefly with clean, warm water. Do not use alcohol or any other liquid cleanser.
If the socket is not bleeding excessively, try to insert the tooth back inside. If this is too painful, get a clean container and fill it with fresh whole milk. Place the tooth in the whole milk to keep it alive.
Get sterile cotton gauze and drench it in warm water or milk. Apply the gauze to the socket and bite it down to prevent bleeding or drying.
Come to Above Dental as soon as possible, because once again, time is critical.
Broken/Lost Dental Restorations
A dental restoration that has come loose (crown, bridge, veneer) can be reattached if it did not lose its shape. You can use an over-the-counter dental cement available at most drug stores. Rinse the restoration and pat it dry before using the dental cement to stick it back in place.
Whether or not you decide to reattach it, visit our office so our dentists can check if the restoration can still be permanently bonded to the tooth. If it is no longer sturdy enough to protect the tooth, or if the underlying tooth has decayed, placement of a new restoration may be recommended.
If the restoration was completely broken or lost, your tooth will become exposed and this can possibly result in sensitivity and leave your tooth very susceptible to decay. As soon as your restoration is broken, please call us and then come to our office immediately. Our dentists will give you your options for treatment.
If the broken or lost restoration is for missing teeth (dentures or dental implants), it’s best to get treatment as soon as possible to avoid the unwanted gaps in our mouth. A temporary restoration may be provided while the new one is being made.
If your tooth has been fractured badly, it can become very sensitive and painful. You may take an over-the-counter pain reliever (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, etc…) as soon as this happens, so you won’t have to endure a lot of discomfort. Call our office so that we can prepare the necessary tools and equipment. As soon as you arrive, we will work on fixing the tooth either through bonding or filling. If the damage is quite large, a crown may be necessary to restore it. Some broken teeth cannot be repaired, in which case, your options will be laid out for you.
Extreme Tooth Pain
If you are feeling extreme pain in your tooth and the pain is affecting your speech, diet and other daily activities, visit our dental office right away. Take a pain reliever to ease the discomfort while you’re on your way to our office. You can also use a small piece of cotton drenched in cold water to reduce inflammation or clove oil or chamomile to reduce pain.
Find the Best Emergency Dentist in North Bend
Above Dental has been named the Best Dentist in the South Coast for three consecutive years (2012-2014). We have provided emergency dental care to hundreds of people.
Visit our dental office at 2070 Virginia Avenue, North Bend, Oregon. We are open from 8 am to 5 pm everyday except Sundays. However, if you have a dental emergency on a Sunday, just call us at (541) 756-0155 and we may accommodate you for immediate treatment.