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What is a Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies require immediate quality care, just like any other medical emergency. If there is a lot of pain and swelling, a tooth has been knocked out or broken, or there has been other trauma to the mouth or jaw affecting teeth or gums, seek treatment as soon as possible. Sports impact, chewing hard food, using teeth as tools, and even infections are some common causes of dental emergencies.

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What to Do in a Dental Emergency

First and foremost, don’t panic. Second, call Dr. Fields and make an appointment before doing anything else. If your emergency happens during office hours, come to the office immediately. After hours, you may get an answering service—but Dr. Fields is still on call and available to help. Treat and clean your wound appropriately as instructed below until you can get to the dentist for treatment.

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Ways to Prevent a Dental Emergency

  • Wear a mouthguard when participating in sports and recreational activities with the potential for injury to the mouth and jaw.
  • Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels, hard candy, and any other substance that can crack a tooth.
  • Use scissors or tools—never your teeth—to cut things or open packaging.

Instructions for Specific Dental Emergency Situations

For a Toothache:

  • Call Dr. Fields as soon as you feel pain
  • Use painkillers, a cold compress, and rinse with warm salt water as needed
  • Gently use floss to remove food caught between teeth
  • DO NOT apply aspirin or ibuprofen to aching tooth or gum tissues! (more on this below)

For Broken, Chipped, and/or Cracked Tooth or Teeth:

  • Call our office
  • Rinse your mouth with warm water
  • Apply a cold compress to your face until you see the dentist
  • Keep missing tooth and/or tooth pieces in a wet towel and bring it to the dentist

If a Tooth Was Knocked Out:

  • Call Dr. Fields
  • Keep the tooth moist
  • Hold tooth in its original place if you can; if you can’t, place it between your cheek and gums or in milk
  • Get to the dentist as soon as you can

For a Bitten Lip or Tongue:

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water
  • Apply a cold compress
  • If you have persistent bleeding or discoloration, call Dr. Fields right away
  • DO NOT apply aspirin or ibuprofen to aching tooth or gum tissues! (more on this below)

When an Object is Stuck in the Mouth:

  • Try to gently remove the object using dental floss
  • Do not try to remove the object with anything sharp or pointed
  • If you cannot get the object out of your mouth, call our office so we can help

Aspirin, Ibuprofen & Tooth Pain

Never apply aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®) topically to the mouth in any way. Aspirin contains salicylic acid, which can burn and damage sensitive gum tissue, and ibuprofen also has the potential to irritate and cause burns. If you want pain relief in pill form, acetaminophen (Tylenol®) is a better choice because aspirin and ibuprofen both have the potential to act as a blood thinner and cause excessive bleeding during a dental emergency.

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If you’re experiencing what you believe is a dental emergency, call Dr. Patrick Fields immediately!

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