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Find out what to do if an urgent dental problem happens to you or a loved one.
We know that dental emergencies can happen at the worst of times. That’s why our Asheville, NC, dentists Dr. Barry Duncan, Dr. Alexander Pence, and Dr. Milton Poulos, want you to know that they are here for you whenever an emergency surprises you. After all, the sooner you treat the problem, the better it is for the health of your smile!
More about Dental Emergencies
Common dental emergencies include,
- A toothache
- Bitten tongue or cheek
- Cracked tooth
- Dislodged tooth
- Knocked-out tooth
- Broken braces
- Dental restorations that are damaged or have fallen out
If you’ve bitten your tongue, lip, or cheek, gently clean the area and apply pressure to the wound for 10-15 minutes. If you’re still bleeding heavily, go to your nearest emergency room.
A toothache could mean you have a cavity, an infected dental pulp or a fracture. This is why it’s important to visit your Asheville, NC, emergency dentist as soon as possible to get the treatment you need, whether that’s a dental filling, root canal treatment, or a crown.
If you have knocked out a tooth, gently rinse the tooth to remove any debris. Handle the tooth by the crown only and try to place it back in the socket. If it won’t go, do not force it, just place it in a container of milk and come into our office immediately. We may be able to save the tooth if you receive treatment within 1 hour of the incident.
If a crown, bridge, or dental filling has fallen out, it can leave the tooth susceptible to damage. This is why you should come in right away. If there is no damage, we will just place the same dental work back in place; however, if the crown or filling is cracked or broken, we will need to replace it.
Our emergency dentists set aside time to be able to handle these extreme situations, so give us a call before heading to our office and let us know what’s going on. The more you can tell us the better, for we can then inform you of whether your situation warrants an immediate appointment.
Concerned? Give Us a Call!
Here at Biltmore Dental Group in Asheville, NC, we believe that everyone should get the quality dental care they deserve. No matter whether you are dealing with a toothache or you just need to schedule a cleaning, turn to our team of emergency dentists today by calling (828) 665-1111.
Google may be your friend, but it's not always available when you experience an emergency. Luckily, you can ensure that you know just what to do in the case of a dental emergency by following these tips provided by Asheville, NC, emergency dentists Drs. Alexander Pence, Barry Duncan, and Milton Poulos.
Practice the Three Cs
The three Cs (calm, control, call) can help you manage any dental emergency. When a dental disaster strikes, calm the person who has lost a tooth or is bleeding. If the injured person, whether that's you or someone else, reacts impulsively, long-lasting damage may occur to the teeth, gums, mouth or jaw. For example, forcing a tooth back into it's normal position if it doesn't move easily can damage tissue or the ligaments that help support the tooth.
Next, establish control of the situation by taking steps to decrease pain and preserve the tooth. Finally, call our Asheville office immediately to schedule your appointment with your emergency dentist.
Treating Common Dental Emergencies
Not sure what to do if a dental emergency occurs? These tips address the most common type of emergencies, including:
- Loose or Displaced Teeth: It's often possible to move displaced teeth back into their normal position by applying gentle pressure. If the tooth doesn't budge, don't worry. Simply call the office as soon as possible. Whether the tooth has moved out of position or is merely loose, it's important to avoid biting with it or applying any pressure to it. Over-the-counter pain medication and ice will reduce pain.
- Knocked Out Tooth: It may be possible to reimplant a knocked out tooth if you receive immediate emergency dental care. After you locate the tooth, rinse it and place it back in the socket. If it won't fit in the socket, place it between your cheek or gum or put in a container filled with milk or your saliva.
- Lacerations to the Face or Mouth: Apply steady pressure with a clean cloth to stop bleeding. Take over-the-counter pain medications to decrease pain.
- Broken Tooth: Cover the edges of the tooth with dental cement (found in drugstores) to dull pain and prevent lacerations from the rough edges.
- Dental Abscesses: Take over-the-counter pain medication and apply ice packs to your face if you experience severe pain, fever, swelling in the face or gums and swollen lymph nodes.
Whether you need emergency dental treatment or a checkup, we're here to help you maintain excellent oral health. Call Asheville, NC, emergency dentists Drs. Alexander Pence, Barry Duncan, and Milton Poulos at (828) 665-1111 to schedule your appointment.