Emergency Dentist in Nashville
There’s no planning for an emergency, but educating yourself on what to do next can help. Taking the proper steps after a dental emergency can mean the difference in saving or losing your tooth. First of all, stabilize the situation. Then call your emergency dentist at 21st Century Dentistry. We’ll get you or your loved one out of pain and on with life as soon as possible!
What Counts as a Dental Emergency?
Don’t put off urgent dental care because you are unsure whether or not you’re experiencing an emergency. A rule to go by is this: if you are experiencing oral pain, bleeding in the mouth, or have broken a tooth or existing dental work, you’ve got an emergency. Seek attention as soon as possible.
Some of the most common issues we treat at 21st Century Dentistry are listed below, along with advice for what you can do following each one. Don’t be surprised by your next dental emergency. Instead, react calmly for the best outcome!
Collect and Clean a Knocked Out Tooth
When you have had a tooth knocked out, fast action is crucial. Teeth that have been out of the gum line for more than two hours cannot be replaced. First, collect the tooth and rinse away any debris. Do not touch the root or scrub the tooth. Place the missing piece back in its empty socket or in the cheek. If neither option is possible, storing it in a cup or milk or water will suffice until you can reach your dentist’s office.
Handling a Toothache
Toothaches are some of the most common dental emergencies. Visit your dentist as soon as you experience discomfort in one of your teeth to prevent the need for extraction. To alleviate discomfort until you can come into our office, take an over-the-counter pain medication as directed.
Know that children may complain of a toothache when they have something -- like a large food particle -- stuck between their teeth. To determine whether or not your child truly has a problem tooth, help him or her brush, floss, and rinse the teeth. If pain persists, call your emergency dentist immediately.
Stop the Bleeding
If your dental emergency results in bleeding from the gums, tongue, cheek, or lips, do your best to stop or slow the bleeding. Apply firm, constant pressure with a clean gauze or cloth. If bleeding does not stop or slow after 10 minutes, head straight to the emergency room for urgent medical attention.
Swelling is a likely side effect of most dental emergencies. You can prevent inflammation by applying a cold compress (like an ice pack or a bag of frozen peas) to the affected cheek. Hold it against the cheek for 10 minutes, then remove for 10 minutes. Repeat until you reach your dentist’s office.
Keep Calm and Call Dr. Dickerson
The most important thing to remember in the face of a dental emergency is to remain calm. Contact 21st Century Dentistry as soon as possible and receive the help you need. We’ll never leave you waiting in pain!