Dental emergencies can include but are not limited to: cracked/fractured teeth, lost teeth, severe dental pain, bleeding from the mouth, or an abscess. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call White Mountain Dental immediately.
If you are experiencing a dental emergency outside of regular office hours, call anyway. We will return your call within 24-48 hours. You must be a patient of record for after-hour emergencies, root canals, extractions, and wisdom teeth.
If your jaw appears to be broken or if you are bleeding profusely, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.
In the meantime, please consider the following advice:
If your tooth has been broken, you can try to gently put the broken portion in between your gums and your cheek or into a bag of milk.
If your tooth has been knocked out, hold the tooth by the crown, which is the chewing surface. Do not touch the roots because they are easily damaged. Rinse the tooth in water but do not scrub it. Try to gently place it into its place in your mouth, or between your cheek and gums. If that does not work, preserve the tooth in a glass of milk until you receive medical assistance.
If you are experiencing dental pain or injury, you can take acetaminophen to ease the pain. Do not take ibuprofen or aspirin because those medications can cause excessive bleeding.
If something is stuck in your mouth, try to use floss or a toothbrush to remove it. Do not put anything sharp or pointed into your mouth, as this can cause a second injury.
If your jaw has been fractured or broken, go to the emergency room immediately.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Our compassionate staff wants to help you avoid pain and distress. Here are some ways we know you can prevent some dental emergencies:
- Attend regular cleanings and checkups.
- Never use your teeth to cut things.
- Wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports.
- Do not chew ice, popcorn kernels, or hard candy. All of these can crack your teeth.
We are part of your healthcare team. If you are concerned about the risks of an activity, call us to find out how you can keep your mouth safe while you enjoy your life to the fullest!