Broken, Fractured or Displaced Tooth

A knocked out tooth or bitten tongue can cause panic in anyone, but decisive action and staying calm are the best ways to approach such common dental emergencies.  The application of cold compresses can help to reduce swelling, and taking Ibuprofen will also aid in reducing inflammation.

For a tooth that has been knocked out intact and whole, carefully rinse the mouth of any blood or other debris. Then holding the tooth by the crown, not the root, gently clean the tooth off, being careful not to scrub it. Next try to place the tooth back in its socket. Call your dentist immediately.

If you can not place the tooth back in its socket, hold the dislocated tooth by the crown-not the root. Next place it in a container of warm milk, saline or the victim's own saliva. Keep it in the solution until you arrive at the emergency room or dentist's office.

Place a cold cloth or compress on the lip or cheek near the injury to keep the swelling down.

For a fractured tooth, it is best to rinse with warm water and apply a cold pack or compress. Ibuprofen may be used for pain relief and to help keep down swelling. If the tooth fracture is minor, the tooth can be smoothed or if necessary, restored by the dentist with a filling or crown. If the fracture is more severe, a root canal may be required to save the tooth. In a worst case scenario, the tooth may not be restorable and need to be extract

A Tooth With Intense Pain or Swelling

A tooth that causes intense pain and/or swelling is usually the sign of a significant problem. Antiobiotics and pain medication are a distant second choice to seeking dental care. A dentist should be seen immediately and appropriate treatment options should be discussed and initiated. 

When a Crown or Bridge is loose or comes out

When a crown or bridge is loose or comes out, a dentist should be seen on the soon side. There may or may not be pain or sensitivity, but we don't want you to swallow or lose it before we can hopefully recement it.

If you break a Denture

If your denture cracks or you break a tooth off of it, give us a call so that we can repair it correctly with the proper materials. If you attempt the repair at home (like with super glue) and don't do it perfectly, it makes our job much, much harder.

Dr. Goodman is available for emergency care if needed after hours. Call the office number, and the answering service can page him if necessary. When Dr, Goodman is away, there are always other Dentists on call for his patients. 

If a Crown or Bridge is loose or comes out

When a crown or bridge is loose or comes out, a dentist should be seen on the soon side. There may or may not be pain or sensitivity, but we don't want you to swallow or lose it before we can hopefully recement it.

If you break a Denture

If your denture cracks or you break a tooth off of it, give us a call so that we can repair it correctly with the proper materials. If you attempt the repair at home (like with super glue) and don't do it perfectly, it makes our job much, much harder.

Dr. Goodman is available for emergency care if needed after hours. Call the office number, and the answering service can page him if necessary. When Dr, Goodman is away, there are always other Dentists on call for his patients. 

 

 

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A Tooth With Intense Pain or Swelling

A tooth that causes intense pain and/or swelling is usually the sign of a significant problem. Antiobiotics and pain medication are a distant second choice to seeking dental care. A dentist should be seen immediately and appropriate treatment options should be discussed and initiated.