Keep a Cool Head
We understand that dental emergencies can happen at any time of the day or night. Fillings fall out, dentures break, teeth get avulsed (knocked out), or a tooth begins throbbing like there’s no tomorrow. We realize that dental emergencies pop up at the most inconvenient times for you, but they are never inconvenient for us. We encourage you to try to stay calm in a dental emergency, take a deep breath, and give us a call – even after hours.
Taking the following steps could make the difference between saving and losing your tooth before you get to us when you are in the thick of a dental emergency:
- Chipped or broken teeth: Rinse your mouth with warm salt water and take over-the-counter (OTC) pain medicine (like Tylenol) if you feel mild pain.
- Knocked out permanent teeth: Recover the tooth if you can, holding it by the crown or top. Carefully rinse with warm water. Do not discard any clinging tissue. Gently try to reinsert the tooth into the socket. If that’s not possible, store the tooth in a jar of milk and bring it with you to our office.
- Toothaches: These common and nagging emergencies can be caused by a number of problems, from particles of food lodged between teeth, to a deep cavity. Take an appropriate dose of OTC pain medicine, like Tylenol. We will discern the cause of your pain and suggest a treatment plan to help you feel better.
We advise relaxing but acting quickly; time is of the essence when saving teeth. Staying calm, calling us, and keeping the tooth moist, are your best options for ensuring a happy ending during a dental emergency.
Do You Have a Dental Emergency?
If you have a dental emergency, such as a damaged tooth or sudden discomfort, then don’t delay. Contact our office right away to schedule a visit. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese. To learn more, or to schedule your next appointment, call our Garland, TX office today at (972) 530-0552.