Common Dental Emergencies

No one wants to think about needing to visit an emergency dentist. However, it’s important you know what to do if you have a dental emergency. The sooner you seek treatment for a broken or knocked out tooth, the better your chances of restoring that tooth.

If you or a loved one has a dental emergency, your first step should be to call the Rockford emergency dentist at Scott Strickland DDS as soon as possible. Keep reading to learn about the different types of dental emergencies and what you should do while waiting to be seen by a dentist.

Tooth is Knocked Out

If you are an athlete who plays contact sports, the easiest way to prevent mouth and dental injuries is to wear a mouth guard. Otherwise, your season may get cut short by an emergency trip to the dentist.

Follow these steps when a tooth is knocked out:

  1. Call your Rockford dentist for an emergency appointment.
  2. Hold tooth by the crown (not the root). Gently rinse tooth in water if it’s dirty.
  3. If possible, place tooth back in its socket or between the cheek and gum. If you are unable to put tooth back in mouth, place tooth in cup of milk. Keeping the tooth moist will prevent it from drying out and fracturing.
  4. Take tooth with you to the dentist.

Broken Tooth

Broken teeth can be caused by trauma to the face, usually from a sports injury or automobile accident. Traumatic dental injuries need to be seen by a dentist as soon as possible so you have the best chance of saving the tooth.

Follow these steps for a broken tooth:

  1. Call your dentist for an emergency appointment.
  2. Keep swelling down with a cold compress.
  3. Use ibuprofen (not aspirin) to manage pain. Aspirin is a blood thinner that can cause you to bleed excessively.
  4. Go to an emergency tooth restoration dentist.

Broken Jaw

A broken jaw occurs when trauma to the face causes one or both of the joints connecting the jawbone to the skull become damaged. Common causes of broken jaws include automobile accidents, industrial accidents, sports dental injuries, and accidental falls.

If you suspect your jaw is broken, you’ll need to apply a cold compress to control the swelling. A bag of ice or frozen peas works fine. Next you’ll need to call your dentist for an emergency dental appointment or go to the nearest emergency room.

Injured Gums or Tissues

If the gums, lips, cheeks, or other soft tissues in the mouth are injured, you’ll need to rinse the affected area with warm water. Since it can be difficult to get tongue bleeding to stop, at Scott Strickland DDS, we recommend moving the tongue forward and placing pressure on the injury with gauze.

Gum and tongue injuries are often caused by a blow to the face, which causes the teeth to tear gums and cheeks. Accidental falls can also make people accidently bite their gums or tongue. If you can see a foreign object lodged in the gum tissue (such as a toothpick splinter or popcorn kernel), try gently flossing nearby teeth. If this fails to free the foreign object, you’ll need to schedule an emergency appointment with your dentist to prevent infection.

If you need to schedule an emergency dental appointment, you can reach our dentist in Rockford, MI at (616) 866-1017. Our Rockford emergency dentist works hard to help patients restore their smiles after dental trauma.