While there are many different kinds of dental emergencies, there is one thing they always have in common: absolutely none of them are ever planned. An accident while playing sports or a surprise toothache can take even the most consistent brusher off guard! Thankfully, if you find yourself in need of immediate dental care, you only need to do one thing to get it: call Dr. D. Michael Miller.
Dr. D. Michael Miller and Dr. Dennis Miller both have experience treating a wide variety of dental emergencies, so no matter what your situation might be, you can always turn to us for help. We always try to get emergency patients into our office the same day that they call in so we can relieve their pain as soon as we can. With us, we will try to turn your emergency into a distant memory as quickly as possible.
Call Us in Case of the Following Dental Emergencies:
- Knocked out teeth
- Partially dislodged teeth
- Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
- Severe toothache
- Lost or damaged dental work (fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, dental implants)
- Object stuck between the teeth
- Injury to the lips, gums, or jaw
- Pain or swelling in the face
Even if you are unsure whether or not your situation is an emergency, just give us a call, and we will be happy to offer advice and let you know what you should do next. However, if you believe that you have suffered a broken bone, or if you can’t stop bleeding after 10 minutes, please head straight to your nearest emergency room first. Contact us only after you have been cleared to leave.
Tips for a Knocked Out Tooth
For all dental emergencies, we recommend giving us a call as soon as you can. When it comes to knocked out teeth, in particular, what you do in between the time you call and when you actually make it to our office is very important to saving your tooth. Be sure to follow these steps:
- Try to find the tooth and pick it up only by the crown, never the root.
- Gently rinse it off with warm water without removing any tissue from the root.
- Try to put it back into its socket if possible, and keep it in place by closing your mouth.
- If you can’t do this, put the tooth in a container of either milk or saltwater. The tooth needs to remain wet until we can see you to keep it viable for reattachment.
- Use a cold compress in 10-minute intervals to control any pain or swelling.
- A clean rag or gauze can be used to help stop any bleeding.
- You can also take an OTC medication for pain, but avoid aspirin, as this could make bleeding worse.
- Do your best to see us within two hours of your injury. Anything after that, and it is unlikely that we will be able to save your tooth.