Dental Emergencies

For all dental emergencies, it’s important to visit us as soon as possible. Dr. Gut reserves time in his daily schedule for emergency patients. Please be sure to call and provide as much detail as you can about your condition. If the accident occurs when our office is not open, visit your local emergency room.

Here are some common dental emergencies and how to deal with them.

What do I do if I knock out my tooth?
For a knocked-out permanent or adult tooth, keep it moist at all times. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place it in between your cheek and gums, in milk, or use a tooth preservation product that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Then, get to our office right away.

What do I do if my child knocks out a tooth?
If the tooth is a baby tooth, the best thing to do is find the tooth, keep it moist and get to us. Dr. Gut can see whether the entire tooth, or just part of it, came out. He can also determine whether to implant it again.
If it is an adult tooth, follow the steps listed in the previous question.

What if I crack my tooth?
For a cracked tooth, immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area. Put cold compresses on the face to keep any swelling down. See Dr. Gut as soon as possible.

If I bite my tongue or lip, how do I treat it?
If you bite your tongue or lip, clean the area gently with water and apply a cold compress. Call us or go to the emergency room if there is excessive bleeding, the bleeding won’t stop or you are in a lot of pain.

How do I treat a toothache?
For toothaches, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between your teeth. Do not put aspirin on your aching tooth or gums; it may burn the gum tissue. If the pain persists, contact our office.

What if I think my jaw is broken?
If you think your jaw is broken apply cold compresses to control the swelling. Call us to get a referral to Oral Surgeon or go to a hospital emergency department immediately.

How do I remove an object that’s stuck in my mouth or teeth?
For objects stuck in the mouth, try to gently remove with floss but do not try to remove it with a sharp or pointed instrument. The item might be painful or cause an infection, so come see us you cannot remove it.

How can I avoid a dental emergency?
There are a number of simple precautions you can take to avoid accident and injury to the teeth:
Wear a mouthguard when participating in sports or recreational activities.
Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy, all of which can crack a tooth.
Use scisors, NEVER your teeth, to cut things.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO

Lost Filling:

The Area will be susceptible to further decay, so replacement ASAP is
necessary.

Chipped Tooth:

Bring the piece to us.  It’s
likely that we will be able to reattach it

Toothache:

The pain may subside, but it won’t go away. If left untreated, it
will get worth 100% of the time. Call us as soon as you notice discomfort or
pain.

Knocked-Out Tooth:

If it’s a permanent tooth, gently place it back in its socket or into
a glass of milk. The chances of saving the tooth are highest if treated within
an hour!

Call us immediately 609-646-3890