Causes of a Dental Emergency
There are many reasons that you may find yourself in need of an Emergency Dentist. These reasons can range from a broken or chipped tooth, to severe tooth pain. A common complication with tooth pain is that the entire nerve the tooth is connected to will hurt. This sensation can cause difficulty in singling is hurting you. Don't be alarmed, it is unlikely that you will experience spontaneous pain from multiple teeth. Call or message us on Facebook to make an appointment, so we can help you identify which tooth is in need of attention, and the best solution for your pain.
What to do in a dental emergency
We suggest you give our Searcy, AR office a call at (501)-268-5115 as soon as you find yourself in a dental emergency. If this happens to you while away from home or on the weekend, check for your symptom below to inform you on how to properly care for your tooth until you can get an appointment with us.
- “I knocked-out my permanent or adult tooth”
You need to keep the tooth moist at all times. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root of the tooth. If replacing it is impossible, or if the tooth will not stay in the socket, place the tooth in milk or another tooth preservation product that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
- “I cracked my tooth”
Rinse the affected area of your mouth immediately with warm water to clean the area. If swelling occurs, use an ice pack on your face to reduce the swelling. See our section on Dental Crowns.
- “I have a toothache”
Thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water. If food is stuck between any of your teeth, use floss to dislodge it. You can apply an ice pack to your cheek, near a toothache, if there is any swelling. Do not apply aspirin or any other painkiller directly on the gums, near the aching tooth, this could cause the gum tissue to burn.
- “I lost a crown”
If your crown comes off, use some Vaseline or toothpaste to temporarily replace the crown until you can make an appointment with us. NEVER use super glue to put the crown back on, this could permanently damage the tooth. If the crown is broken, or lost, leaving your tooth exposed and sensitive, you can apply clove oil to the tooth.
- “I have an abscessed tooth”
“Abscessed” tooth means that the tooth has an infection. Abscesses are a serious condition that can damage gum tissue and even spread to the surrounding teeth. Because an infected tooth can cause many health problems, we suggest that you make an appointment with us as soon as possible. In the time before you can get to our office, try rinsing your mouth with a mild salt water solution (1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day. See our section regarding Root Canals.