Having a dental emergency can be confusing and scary. Thankfully, Dr. Cavendish is here to help. If you or one of your family has a dental emergency, call us immediately at 602-842-6504 to be seen as quickly as possible. Time is important in an emergency.
The Two Biggest Tips For Dental Emergencies
When it comes to getting through a dental emergency, there are many tips that can help. Here are the two biggest:
- If you are bleeding, use a sterile gauze or cloth and apply direct pressure to the wound. This should stop the bleeding. If you can’t stop it, go to your local emergency room.
- Call our Phoenix, AZ dental office at 602-842-6504 as soon as possible. If you call during our regular business hours, we’ll are almost always able to see you that same day.
Big Dental Emergencies
Each emergency is unique, but there are some common ones that we see at our Phoenix, AZ dental office. Here are some tips for when you’re facing one of the more common big emergencies.
A tooth has been knocked loose but is still in there.
Above all, leave the tooth alone. You’ll be tempted to use a finger or tongue to test how loose the tooth is, but don’t do it. Any such movement could be the one that makes the tooth fall out. Leave it alone and call Dr. Cavendish instead.
A tooth has been knocked out.
Stop any bleeding first. Then call our Phoenix, AZ dental office immediately for an emergency appointment. In the meantime, find the tooth (if you can) and gently rinse it off. Then place it in a small, sealable container with enough water or milk to cover it completely. Bring it with you to your emergency appointment. (If you cannot find the tooth, that’s OK.)
A tooth is now broken, chipped, or fractured.
If you are bleeding, stop it using direct pressure. Then call Dr. Cavendish and make an emergency appointment. You can take some non-aspirin pain relievers to help manage your discomfort until then.
There’s a deep cut on the inside of the mouth.
Use direct pressure with a sterile cloth or gauze to stop the bleeding. If it doesn’t stop, go to an emergency room immediately. Once the bleeding is under control, call us and explain how the cut happened. Our highly trained team will be able to give specific advice after that.
A dental crown or dental filling fell off.
If a dental crown comes off, get it and rinse it gently. You can ignore the lost filling. Then go to the drugstore and buy dental cement. This over-the-counter material is specifically designed to replace lost fillings and adhere crowns to teeth. Dental cement only lasts about 48 hours or so. Call us at 602-842-6504 as soon as possible to make an emergency appointment.
A toothache is too bad to ignore any longer.
Tooth pain can sometimes come and go, but there are times when it gets too much to handle. That’s when you need to call our Phoenix, AZ dental office immediately. Until you can be seen, take some non-aspirin pain relievers and use cold packs on the outside of your mouth.
Small Dental Emergencies
There’s a small cut on the inside of the mouth.
Apply direct pressure to stop the bleeding. (Remember to visit the emergency room if it doesn’t stop.) That should be all you need to do, but you can always call our Phoenix, AZ dental office and make an appointment.
Something is stuck between your teeth, and it’s painful.
First, rinse vigorously and repeatedly with water. That can often soften and dislodge anything stuck between your teeth. If that doesn’t work, gently use dental floss to remove it. Call us if you’re in pain and cannot get rid of whatever is stuck there.
There’s a little blood after brushing and flossing.
This is not an emergency, but it is a sign of gum disease. You need to call Dr. Cavendish as soon as possible to get an appointment. If not treated soon enough, gum disease can make your teeth eventually fall out.
Call us TODAY at 602-842-6504 if you are having a dental emergency. If you are unsure whether your situation counts as a real emergency, don’t worry. Our team is happy to help no matter the situation.