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Care for Dental Injuries

Dental Emergencies Require Immediate Action

woman grimacing from tooth painDental injuries have a habit of taking us off guard, and panic sets in. Many sports contribute more than their fair share to dental emergency care. It can be a frightening experience to have a tooth knocked out, but acting rationally and obtaining immediate treatment provide the best opportunity to save the tooth and avoid costly tooth replacement surgery later on.

If you experience a dental emergency, call Choice One Dental Care of Columbus to get the appropriate advice and instructions.

Ways to Handle Common Dental Emergencies

Some common dental emergencies include:

  • A Tooth is Knocked-Out
    The tooth has the greatest chance of survival if it is re-implanted within 30 minutes of being knocked out.

    • Call us immediately to alert us so we are ready for your arrival
    • Pick the tooth up by the crown (top part), not by the root.
    • Rinse the tooth with milk or saline solution; use tap water only if it is the only thing available. Tap water often contains chlorine which can damage the root.
    • Come immediately to our office or, if we are not available, go to the nearest emergency room.
  • There’s an Injury your Gums or Teeth
    If there’s bleeding, soak gauze in cold water and apply direct pressure to the affected area. Suck on something cold if swelling is present (i.e., an ice pop). The doctor will probably want to see you to check the teeth for proper alignment or to remove a very loose tooth. A space maintainer may be required to hold the space for the permanent tooth.Watch for signs of infection or abscess and notify our office if your gums become swollen at the injury site or if fever develops.

Keep in mind that prompt action is always the name of the game when it comes to a dental injury. It’s always better to err on the side of caution and seek the advice of a professional whenever an accident or injury involving the teeth or gums occurs! Time is of the essence, so call us immediately so we can attend to your emergency as soon as you arrive at our office!

Choice One Dental Care of Columbus | (706) 653-8700