Emergency Dentistry


emergency-careAt Anderson Dental we will make every effort to see emergencies IMMEDIATELY. Immediate action when a dental emergency occurs can prevent permanent damage and help ease the pain. A common dental problem is toothache. Cavities do not cause pain until they have progressed to the point of possibly jeopardizing the tooth. Toothaches require immediate attention for this reason. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Tylenol™ or aspirin may relieve some of the sensitivity. Avoid extreme temperature and sweets as this may aggravate the symptoms. Call Anderson Dental immediately – even if the pain goes away, the sooner we treat the problem, the less the risk of permanent damage to the tooth or the mouth.

If the pain is due to a lost filling, we should replace that filling as soon as possible in order to prevent further decay from food particles and bacteria. An abscess or swelling is due to an infection in the tooth or gum. An abscess can have a serious effect on your general health and will not go away by itself. It also threatens the health of the adjoining teeth or tissues An over-the-counter pain reliever Tylenol™ or Aspirin may relieve some of the pain temporarily, call your dentist as soon as possible. Do not place aspirin directly on the gums or in the mouth to dissolve. Aspirin will burn the tissues of the mouth.

Tooth Out? Dental Emergency!

If a tooth comes out, pick it up by the crown, not the root, so as not to damage any nerve endings. Place the tooth back into its’ socket or hold it between the cheek and gums. If there is a risk of swallowing the tooth, place it in a glass of milk, salt water or a moist towel. Time is very important in a case such as this – if you see your dentist within 30 min. there is a good chance the tooth may be successfully re-implanted. No matter what the dental emergency, your dentist is the best person to contact in case there is a problem or question.

Teeth and Sports Injuries

Sports injuries can include injury to the teeth and in order to safeguard against potentially serious and painful injuries, certain precautions should be taken. Mouthguards are a good form of protection.  All athletes, young and old, should wear them.

Mouthguards act as shock absorbers for the teeth and help to avoid fractured or lost teeth. There are three types of mouthguards, Custom fitted latex, mouth-formed, and stock. They vary in price, effectiveness, and comfort. Your dentist can recommend which one would be most useful relative to the sport during which it will be worn. Hockey, lacrosse, football, squash, and boxing are sports which all require the use of a good mouthguard. These sports are high risk as far as dental injuries are concerned, and necessary precautions must be taken. Volleyball, baseball, skateboarding, and basketball are all sports, which are less risky. However,  we should take proper care with these sports as well. If the jaw or teeth sustain an injury, notify your dentist immediately, or go to the hospital emergency room if necessary.

A fractured jaw needs to be cared for immediately. So does a tooth which has been knocked out if it is going to be successfully re-implanted. If the jaw is broken, it will be painful, and very difficult to use the jaw. Immobilize the jaw, you may want to tie a cloth around it, do not move your mouth. Go to your dentist or the Emergency Room immediately.

Dental Emergency!

If a tooth has been knocked out, pick it up carefully by the crown, not the root. Picking it up by the root can injure the nerve endings at the tip of the root. Place the tooth back into its socket. If that is too painful place the tooth between the gum and cheek so as to keeps it wet with your saliva. When there’s a risk of swallowing the tooth, place it in a glass of milk, salt water or damp cloth, in that order of preference. If there is bleeding or swelling apply ice for swelling and pressure for bleeding. Exercising good judgment and proper preventive measures should avoid major injuries. Together with your dentist, you can work to keep that healthy smile.

Temporary Crowns (Caps)

Temporary crowns are just that: temporary. They cover and protect the teeth for a short period of time while we make the permanent crown(s). If you are in the middle of dental work and do have temporary crowns it is important that you follow through with the work within the amount of time recommended by your dentist.

Temporary crowns can be very irritating to the surrounding gum and should not be worn for extended periods of time.

Additionally, the tooth underneath the temporary is more susceptible to cavities. Because temporaries are temporary they may come out occasionally, be sure to alert your dentist so that he may re-cement it for you.

We urge you to call your dentist or physician in case of a dental or medical emergency.