If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please contact our office immediately. Our phone number is 952-941-9829. If calling after business hours, please leave a message with your name and phone number, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible. If you have experienced severe trauma to the jaw or face, and are suffering from excessive bleeding, please contact 911 for immediate assistance. In the meantime, you can take the following steps now to prevent further damage from occurring, and bettering your chances of being able to salvage your tooth or teeth. At Twin Cities Modern Dentistry, our patients’ needs come first, and we will do everything that we can to ensure your comfort and dental health. Learn how to prevent a dental emergency while you can.
If you are experiencing a toothache that is causing you severe discomfort, wash your mouth out with warm water, and floss between every tooth to remove any food particles. If the gums are swollen, apply a cold press (bagged ice or even a packet of frozen vegetables can be used) against the outside of the skin to relieve pain and reduce puffiness. We recommend that you wrap any cold press in a towel so that you don’t damage the skin.
If you have been struck in the face or fallen against an object and knocked out a tooth, retrieve the tooth if possible. When handling the tooth, be sure to handle it by the top (or crown) so that the root structure is not damaged. Gently rinse off the tooth with water, but be sure not to scrub it or remove any attached tissue. If you are able, place the tooth back in its socket, though be sure not to force it, and take precaution to make certain it’s oriented within the socket correctly. If you are unable to place the tooth back in its socket, place it in a cup of milk and seek care as soon as possible.
Teeth that are chipped or cracked, but still in place, require treatment. If the broken pieces can be retrieved, do so. To prevent bleeding, apply gauze to the affected tooth for at least 10 minutes, or until the bleeding stops. It may be necessary to apply several pieces of gauze if bleeding is intermittent. Once the mouth has been rinsed with warm water and gauze has been applied, apply a cold press to the outside of the mouth to prevent or reduce swelling. Do not place pressure on the broken tooth, if at all possible, and seek care.
A partially dislodged tooth can cause severe pain and severely impair your ability to chew or speak. To reduce swelling, apply a cold press to the outside of the mouth, applying light but constant pressure against the affected tooth. If there is bleeding present, apply gauze to the tooth to prevent bleeding. Do not attempt to remove the tooth yourself, as this can cause further damage. Seek dental care as soon as possible.
See the dentist as soon as possible if a dental restoration or filling has gone missing. If a filling has fallen out, you can fill the cavity with sugar-free gum to prevent bacteria buildup or food particles from entering the tooth. If a crown has come off, please retrieve the crown and visit our office as soon as possible. If you are able, try placing the crown back over the tooth, and avoid putting pressure on it. Do not try securing the crown with super glue or other bonding agents, however. We will ensure that the crown is properly secured once you arrive for your appointment.
If the gum tissue is damaged or an abscess is forming, rinse out your mouth with a warm salt water solution, several times a day. If the gum tissue is bleeding, apply moist gauze or a tea bag to the affected area to control the bleeding and alleviate pain. You may have to continue applying gauze if the bleeding does not stop or becomes intermittent.
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