ARE YOU EXPERIENCING A DENTAL EMERGENCY?
Our office is open Tuesday-Friday 8am-4pm for scheduled appointments. We are regularly closed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday each week and we understand that emergencies often arise while we are out of the office. Below you will find some helpful information and resources for after-hour emergencies and what to do in the case our office is closed for a holiday, staff/doctor vacation, inclement weather or other event.
SOLUTIONS TO DENTAL EMERGENCIES DURING OFFICE CLOSURE
PROBLEM: A Crown Or Temporary Crown Fell Off
Temporary Solution: You can find temporary crown cement within the dental products section of a grocery or drug store. Clean any residual cement out of your crown gently and try it in a couple times to figure out how the crown fits on the tooth. Follow the instructions for the temporary cement that you purchased and cement the crown in place. If it is a permanent crown that fell off, please contact our office at our resumed business hours to have the crown permanently cemented in place.
PROBLEM: A Toothache Or Pain In Your Gums
Temporary Solution: An anti-inflammatory such as Ibuprofen or Tylenol are best for tooth pain. Unless otherwise restricted by your physician, you may take up to 800 mg every 6 hours. Alternate warm and cold compresses every 20 minutes and rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. Contact our office during our regular business hours to schedule an exam with the dentist. **If visible swelling is present in your gums (or see a white bump secreting pus), go immediately to your Primary Care Physician, Urgent Care office or to the emergency room so they can evaluate you for possible infection, treat with antibiotics and prescribe pain medication as needed.
PROBLEM: Broken Tooth, But No Pain
Temporary Solution: Avoid any activities that may cause further trauma to the tooth, such as eating hard, crunchy, or chewy foods. Try to chew foods on the opposite side of the mouth. Contact our office for an appointment within regular business hours.