A Dental Emergency Can Bring Your Life to a Screeching Halt
Imagine you are biting down on an un-popped kernel of popcorn and, crack! You’ve broken a molar. Perhaps you’re chewing on a piece of candy that pulls a dental crown loose. Ouch! Pain shoots through your jaw.
Worse yet, imagine you’re playing baseball with your son when a stray ball hits you square in the jaw, totally knocking out your tooth. What do you do?
Dental emergencies can derail your life in the blink of an eye. When a tooth is injured or causes you pain, you may be unable to eat or sleep, let alone maintain your normal work and home routines. We know dental emergencies don’t follow a weekday nine-to-five schedule, so we make sure you can always get ahold of us when you need help.
What Constitutes an Emergency?
Sometimes a toothache comes and goes and you can’t be sure whether it counts as an emergency. Emergency or not, a toothache should always warrant a call to the dentist. When you call our office, describe your symptoms and we’ll let you know the best time to come in. In cases of a more urgent nature, we will get you an appointment as soon as possible, no matter what the hour.
A Knocked-Out Tooth
If a tooth is knocked out, bring the tooth and come straight tour office. If it happens after hours, leave a message with our service and they will let us know you are coming. Put the tooth in a small container of milk or saliva and bite down on a clean, wet cloth if there is bleeding at the socket.
Do not clean the tooth! Sometimes a knocked-out tooth can be replaced in the socket, so you don’t want to accidentally detach any of the connective tissues still attached to the tooth. Do not try to replace the tooth yourself.
Dr. Hamrick will assess whether the tooth can be re-attached and attempt to put the tooth back, if possible. If the tooth does not take, he will schedule you an appointment to discuss tooth replacement options.
Are you currently experiencing a dental emergency in Greenville, SC? Call us and we will make time for you!
No matter how good your oral hygiene, toothaches can happen to anyone. Sometimes the cause is a cavity, sometimes a deep crack or break. Regardless of the reason, any pain that interferes with your ability to maintain your usual routines should be considered a dental emergency. Call us, and we will tell you a time to come to the office to have your tooth treated.
In the meantime, tooth pain can often be managed at home while you wait for your appointment. Over-the-counter NSAID painkillers, such as Advil and Tylenol may help, as may ice applied to the outside of the face. Many patients swear by eugenol as an effective source of relief for a toothache; this medicine can be found at drug stores in toothache kits.
Damaged Dental Work
A dislodged crown or bridge or a loose filling may feel like an emergency, but unless you are in severe pain we will usually give you a next-available appointment to repair or replace your dental work. Contact us as soon as the problem starts, so we can advise you of the best course of action.
Injury to the Mouth
If you have an accident or sustain a bleeding wound to the face or mouth, you should always seek medical attention as soon as possible. Go immediately to your closest emergency room or urgent care facility and call us after you have been seen by a doctor.
Your Greenville, SC Emergency Dentist
Dr. Hamrick is always willing to help patients going through a dental crisis. Call us and we will set up an appropriate time to see you, based on the severity of your situation.