There’s nothing that can upset your life like a sudden dental emergency. You’re going along and everything’s fine, then the next thing you know you’ve cracked a tooth, lost a crown, or are in unrelenting pain.
Now you’re stressed about how and when you’re going to get treatment and how quickly you can get relief. Often, a toothache is so painful that your day and your life are turned upside down. You’re irritable, it’s hard to concentrate on your work, and it just plain hurts. All you know is that you want relief, and you want it NOW!
But there’s no need to worry – when you have a dental emergency, you’re not alone. At Keech Family Dentistry, we’re here to get you the relief you need as quickly as possible. We’ll make your emergency a priority and can usually get you in for treatment the same day.
How Do I Know if I Have a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency may include:
- A cracked, chipped, or broken tooth
- Injury to one or more teeth
- A lost filling or crown
- A sudden, severe toothache
- Development of abscess or infection
What Steps Should I Take in an Emergency?
The first step is to call our office immediately and let us know what’s going on. We’ll always see you as quickly as possible, but it’s important for you to know how to handle certain emergencies before you get to our office:
- If you’re an adult and a tooth is knocked out, immediate action can make the difference between losing and keeping the tooth. Keeping the tooth moist is most important, so place it in a glass of milk, water, or even saliva until you get to our office. You can try to very gently place it back in the socket, but don’t force it and never touch the root itself.
- For toothaches, rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out. Use dental floss to gently remove any food particles lodged between teeth. Don’t put aspirin on the tooth – this is an old wives' tale that can actually do more harm than good.
- If you crack a tooth, use warm water to rinse your mouth and cleanse the area. Place a cold compress on your face (for no more than 20 minutes) to minimize any swelling.
- Losing a filling or dental crown weakens your tooth, so please contact our office immediately to reduce the possibility of further damage.
When you have a dental emergency, every moment counts, and we want to make sure you get the care you need when you need it. If you’re having a problem and even suspect that it’s an emergency, please contact our Fayetteville dental office as soon as possible.