We accept dental emergencies, and you should not hesitate to call us if you are in pain or have some other dental issue which requires immediate attention. Just call our office and let one of our staff know your situation. They will do everything they can to get you seen the same day.
How We Treat Your Dental Emergency
When Dr. Bhave sees you, she will conduct a rapid and thorough examination to get an accurate assessment of what is wrong. She will get you out of pain as the first step in your treatment no matter what else may be needed. Many times, she can treat the underlying problem during the same visit.
Helpful Tips for Different Dental Emergencies
Here are some things you can and should do as temporary measures before you get to our office.
Knocked-out tooth: Keep the tooth moist at all times. Try to place the tooth back into the socket without touching the root. Bite down on some gauze or a wet tea bag to hold it in place. If that isn’t possible, carry the tooth under your tongue or inside you lower lip. You can also put the tooth in a container and cover it with some whole mile or saliva.
Knocked-out baby tooth: Keep the baby tooth moist and bring your child to our office as soon as possible. Dr. Bhave will see whether part or all of the tooth fell out, and will determine whether it can or should be reinserted.
Broken tooth: Save all the pieces you can find and rinse your mouth with warm water to flush out any other fragments. Place a cold compress on your face near that tooth to keep down any swelling.
Cracked tooth: Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Place a cold compress over your face near that tooth to inhibit swelling.
Lost filling: Use a piece of sugarless gum or over-the-counter dental cement to seal up the exposed cavity.
Toothache: Rinse your mouth with warm water. Then use dental floss to gently remove any food particles trapped between your teeth. Place a cold compress over your face in that area if any swelling has occurred. (Caution – don’t put any aspirin on the gums or on the aching tooth, as it may burn the gums).
Dental abscess: To help draw the infection to the surface and alleviate the pressure and pain, rinse your mouth with a mixture of 1/3 teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of water. Do this several times per day.
Loose Crown: If your dental crown comes off, first try to gently slip it back on. To help it stay in place, put some denture adhesive or over-the-counter dental cement inside the crown. If you can’t obtain either of these, try using some toothpaste. If none of these work to keep the crown in place, or you have no opportunity to attempt to stick it back on, bring the crown with you to our office.