May 26, 2018
Teeth are designed to remain in your mouth for a lifetime, but that doesn’t always happen.
Teeth can be damaged or even knocked out by accidents. Decay can lead to severe and very painful dental infections. Gums, lips, tongues, and the insides of cheeks can get cut and bleed a lot.
Dental emergencies are true emergencies and you should treat them as such. At Appalachian Dental Care in Boone, NC, we provide prompt and expert dental emergency treatment. Call 828-355-5673 if you need to see us in an emergency!
Is It A Dental Emergency?
An emergency is what you think it is. It’s better to be safe than sorry. With that said, here are some signs that you need to see Dr. Steven Airey as soon as possible:
- Dental pain that starts suddenly and increases rapidly
- Serious bleeding in the mouth.
- A tooth has been knocked out or come loose.
- You suffered an impact to your jaw and now moving it hurts.
- A tooth has broken.
If any of those are true for you, call Appalachian Dental Care in Boone, NC at once . We can usually see emergency patients the same day during business hours (Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). If you call our number after hours, you’ll be directed to an emergency line where you can get help ASAP.
How to Help Yourself in an Emergency
Some dental emergencies have to be handled by a dentist. Often, though, you can make things better – at least temporarily – yourself. Here is how to handle some common emergencies:
- You can manage sudden and severe pain with over the counter pain medication like aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), or ibuprofen or naproxen. If pain is accompanied by bleeding, acetaminophen is your best bet. Other types of over-the-counter pain medications can actually increase bleeding. Even if the pain subsides a bit, there’s still a reason why it happened in the first place. Call our office.
- Bleeding usually responds to direct pressure although it may take longer than you think it should. Try maintaining pressure for at least 15 minutes. If you can’t stop the bleeding, call us or visit your local emergency room.
- Teeth that have been knocked out can often be re-inserted into the socket. You can try reinserting the tooth yourself. (Make sure that it’s oriented the right way!) If you’re successful, leave it alone! Don’t wiggle it, poke it with your tongue, or do anything else to check its progress. Teeth need time to re-root. If you’re not able to reinsert the tooth, preserve it carefully and call our office.
- If a tooth has been knocked out or broken, be sure to save all the pieces and bring them with you to your appointment. Gently rinse the tooth or the pieces in water and put them in a container. You can add some water or milk to that container as well, but be sure to bring it to your emergency appointment. Dr. Airey is excellent at reinserting teeth. He can sometimes bond a tooth back together, but there’s no point if pieces are missing.
When You See Us For Dental Emergency Care
At Appalachian Dental Care in Boone, NC, we make every effort to see emergency patients the same day. Dr. Airey will evaluate your situation and take steps to address the immediate needs. He’ll also discuss treatment measures with you or arrange for you to return for a follow-up appointment.
For dental emergency care, call Appalachian Dental Care in Boone, NC at once at 828-355-5673.