Emergency Dental Care 2018-05-09T18:52:14+00:00

Emergency Dental Care

No one plans for a dental emergency but it is important to know what to do and where to go if a dental emergency presents itself. Understanding what is considered an emergency is beneficial so you can make sure that you and your family’s teeth are taken care of.

Dr. Jay Elbrecht and his team at Advanced Dental Care of Anderson reserves time in their daily schedule for emergency patients!

Tips for common dental emergencies

  • If your tooth has been knocked out try to keep it moist. Try placing it back into the socket until dental treatment can be made. If it cannot be placed back in the socket place it between your gums and cheek to keep it moist. Another alternative is placing it in milk. Come visit our office right away!
  • If you crack your tooth immediately rinse the mouth with warm water to clean the area and put something cold on your mouth to keep the swelling down.
  • If you have a toothache, rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss to remove any food caught between the teeth. Do not put aspirin on the aching tooth or gum tissues.
  • If an object gets stuck in your mouth, try to gently remove with floss but do not try to remove it with sharp or pointed instruments.

Common Questions

A dental emergency varies from person to person. If your tooth has been knocked out, forced out of position, or fractured contact a dental office immediately. Some dental injuries do not require immediate attention but for safe measure, contact a dentist as soon as possible for advice.

Hospitals normally do not have dentists on staff. The hospitals can prescribe antibiotics and painkillers to dull the pain until a dentist can be seen.

A root canal treatment is a procedure to clean out an infected tooth. If a root canal and crown cannot resolve the pain, the tooth may need to be extracted completely. If the pain is severe, an emergency root canal might be needed.

If you are feeling oral pain and discomfort here are a few steps to take to provide temporary relief until you can visit a dentist.

  • Brush and floss your teeth to remove any piece of food in between your teeth. After brushing and flossing, rinse your mouth with warm water.
  • You make take aspirin to dull the pain but do not put aspirin against the gums near the aching tooth. That might cause damage to the gum tissue.
  • If the pain resides, it is still recommended to see a dentist during business hours to make sure there is not a larger issue at hand.
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