Life happens fast, which is why it is important to arm ourselves with the knowledge of what to do in case of certain emergencies. At Nancy Shiba, DDS, we believe in educating our patients so that they can make informed decisions in case of dental emergencies. Below you will find some simple instructions and information regarding what to do in case of certain dental emergencies. If you or a loved one experience a dental emergency please call us right away at (408) 929-8991 and we will do our very best to make time for you to be seen. If you cannot reach us please do not hesitate to call 911 or go to the emergency room immediately.
Primary (Baby) ToothIt seems like kids are always at a high risk for injury, it’s just part of growing up. If your child experiences dental trauma, we would like for you to call us right away and bring them in as soon as possible. Anytime you are handling a tooth that has been knocked out it is important to remember to handle the tooth by the crown. Do not touch a broken tooth on the broken end(s). To transport a baby tooth to our office, place it in a container with some milk. Do not transport a knocked out or broken tooth in a dry or water-filled container. Baby teeth are critical to your child’s oral health and should not be ignored if knocked out!
Adult ToothWhile baby teeth should never be placed back into the mouth due largely in part to the choking hazard that they represent, if you suffer a knocked out (avulsed) adult tooth, the first thing that you should do is try to place it back in its socket. If you can’t place the tooth back into its socket, try simply placing it between your lip and gums. Placing the tooth back in the mouth is the best way to transport adult teeth to our office or the emergency room. If neither of these methods works, a container filled with milk is the next best thing.
When you break a tooth make sure to try and find and retrieve the broken portion of the tooth. Remembering only to handle broken or avulsed teeth by the crown (chewing portion) is critical. Rinse the tooth off with some warm water and apply a cold compress to your lip on your way to our office or the emergency room to mitigate any swelling that may occur.
Bitten Tongue of Lip
Clean the area with a damp cloth or some warm water. Use a cold compress to mitigate swelling in the area and wait for the bleeding to stop. If the bleeding does not stop in a short period, consider giving us a call and setting up an emergency appointment to be seen.
Objects Caught Between Teeth
While objects being caught between your teeth does not represent a significant emergency, it can certainly be annoying. Use floss to try to remove the object. If you can’t remove it with floss give us a call and set up an appointment for us to remove it at your earliest convenience. Never use a tool other than floss to try to remove objects or food from your teeth.
A toothache can easily be a sign of a serious oral malady. Feel free to treat the discomfort or pain with an over the counter pain reliever and call us to set up an appointment.
Please call us today at (408) 929-8991 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to seeing you smile!