What to Do in a Dental Emergency
By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
September 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental EmergencyDon’t get caught off guard when an emergency dental situation happens to you.

If you are dealing with a dental emergency know that you can always turn to our Florence, SC, family dentist Dr. Thomas Cherry, Jr. for urgent dental care. We pride ourselves on offering immediate dental services when it matters most.

What is considered a dental emergency?

It’s important to understand what issues constitute visiting your dentist in Florence, SC, right away and which problems may just require you to call us and schedule an appointment in the coming days. A true dental emergency includes:

  • A toothache
  • A loose tooth
  • A broken tooth
  • An abscessed gum
  • Dislodged or partially dislodged tooth
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Severely bitten tongue or cheek
  • Broken braces
  • Broken dental restoration (e. filling; crown)

How should I handle a dental emergency?

First thing ‘s first, you need to give our dentist a call and let our office know what’s going on. We can easily tell you whether you should come in for treatment as soon as possible.

If you are dealing with a toothache this could be a sign of a cavity or an infection. The sooner we treat the issue the better. Of course, you can provide yourself some temporarily relief by using an over-the-counter numbing gel or pain reliever before coming into our office.

If you have a knocked-out tooth it’s important that you try your best to put the tooth back in the socket. Be gentle and do not force the tooth. If you can’t place the tooth back in the socket, tuck it between your gums and your cheek and immediately come into our office. If you come in for treatment within one hour of the injury we may be able to save the tooth.

If you have bitten your tongue or cheek and it’s badly bleeding you should apply a clean compress to the area and apply pressure. If the bleeding gets worse or doesn’t go away after 15 minutes it’s time to see us. If the bleeding is severe you may want to go to your local ER, as you may even require stitches.

While you can take a pain reliever, apply a cold compress to the face to reduce swelling and do what you can to collect the tooth or pieces of the tooth, the most important factor is that you see your emergency dentist as soon as possible.

Florence Dental Arts prides itself on offering families in Florence, SC, with the comprehensive dentistry they need for everyone to maintain beautiful, healthy smile. No matter whether you need to schedule a routine checkup or you are dealing with a dental emergency, turn to our compassionate dental team today.