What is a Dental Emergency?
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, contact our office immediately at 864-962-4140. If bleeding is constant for a long period of time, call 911 immediately.
Despite the most diligent oral health care, dental emergencies can arise – often at the most inconvenient of times. Sudden trauma to your jaw and mouth can cause all sorts of issues. O’Malley Dental strives to provide emergency dental care and advice to avoid further damage. We recommend that you contact our office immediately for guidance on how to handle your specific emergency. Same-day dental appointments are also available.
Here are some quick tips for managing a dental emergency until you can be seen by Dr. O’Malley:
Sudden tooth pain can indicate a range of problems and should be addressed as soon as possible. While at home, applying a compress to the outside of the cheek may alleviate some discomfort. An over the counter pain reliever can also reduce pain and any inflammation. DO NOT apply anything directly to the surface of the tooth.
Chipped or Cracked Tooth
If you have chipped or cracked a tooth, contact our office for specific instructions for protecting the tooth until you can be seen. If the damage is severe enough to cause pain, an over the counter pain medicine can be taken at home. Avoid using the side of your mouth that the chip or crack is located. Also avoid eating chewy and hard foods to prevent further cracks and damage to your tooth.
Knocked Out Tooth
A knocked out tooth can cause a variety of structural issues. If possible, locate the knocked-out tooth. Pick it up by the top of the tooth, also known as the crown. Gently rinse the tooth and place in a container of your own saliva, or milk. Contact our office immediately for instructions and how to preserve the tooth if possible. In some cases, if root structure is still attached, the tooth can be saved. If you can’t find the knocked-out tooth, or it’s beyond saving, you should still visit the dentist to examine the area. Structural damage could have occurred to your jaw, or surrounding teeth without noticeable damage.
A dental abscess should be addressed right away. This issue can be life-threatening. An abscessed tooth is a tooth with a pocket of puss that has caused an infection in your mouth. Symptoms include a bump on your gums near the infected tooth, tooth sensitivity, fever, facial swelling, constant toothache, and more. To prevent the infection from spreading throughout your face and body, seek treatment immediately.