Emergency Care for All Patients
Unfortunately, bad things happen and help is needed fast! Dental emergencies are no different. Give us a call as soon as possible, and we will try to work you in on the same day.
Dr. Sislow spent a year in a hospital-based residency program where she took call for all dental emergencies. She has extensive experience handling dental emergencies ranging from trauma to abscesses.
Dental emergencies can be scary, but we are here to provide the care you need.
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Dental trauma is common and can be very scary. As soon as it happens, call our office and follow these guidelines.
If you broke a piece of tooth:
If a single piece broke off, save the piece of tooth in a baggie. We will try to reattach it, if possible.
If a tooth feels loose after trauma:
Try not to wiggle it! Leave it alone.
If a tooth is pushed out of its socket:
If you can easily move it back into the socket, do so. Otherwise, leave the tooth in place and come see us.
If the whole tooth is knocked out:
Find the tooth. Rinse with water. DO NOT SCRUB THE TOOTH. Tissue on the tooth needs to stay on the tooth. Place the tooth back into the socket. If not possible, store the tooth in the mouth (up against the cheek, do not swallow!) or in a glass of milk. Come to the office immediately! If there is any bleeding, apply pressure with a clean towel or napkin. Apply ice to help with pain and swelling.
If you have an extremely painful tooth, please call us to have an exam. We can perform a variety of emergency procedures to help ease the pain, including root canals and extractions. To help with the pain, you can take over-the-counter painkillers, as long as your family doctor hasn’t told you otherwise.
If you notice any facial swelling, it is extremely important to be seen by a dentist. Facial swelling is a ‘true’ dental emergency and can be very dangerous and, in some cases, life threatening. If you notice any signs of facial swelling, please contact us immediately.