Oklahoma City Dental Emergencies
Don’t wait if you think you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency. Contact Crossroads Family Dental at 405-631-0322 right away, where our team will help you get the care you need as soon as possible.
Whether you have experienced an accident such as a broken or knocked out tooth, or are feeling a great deal of pain in your teeth or mouth, speak with one of our highly trained staff members to treat your dental needs now. In the case of some emergencies, the sooner you act the better are the chances of saving your tooth or teeth.
What is a Dental Emergency?
Any dental problem that requires immediate care, such as to save a tooth, stop ongoing bleeding in the mouth, or alleviate immense pain is considered a dental emergency and should seek attention as soon as possible. Examples of dental emergencies are as follows:
- severe dental pain
- loosened or dislodged crown
- chipped, cracked, or broken tooth
- dental trauma
- knocked out or loosened tooth
- broken denture
- bitten or cut lip or tongue -trapped object between teeth
- painful abscess in the gums or mouth
What Should I Do?
Call our office immediately or notify a friend to call and take you to the dentist. The following are good practices for some of the most common dental emergencies.
Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth: Place unattached tooth in cold whole milk to preserve it and keep it hydrated before replacement. Rinse mouth gently with warm water and apply a cold press to reduce swelling.
Knocked-out tooth: Rinse the root of the tooth off by holding the tooth by its crown, careful not to remove any tissue fragments. If the tooth cannot be placed and held gently in its socket, submerge the tooth in cold whole milk and take your tooth to the dentist within 30 minutes of the accident.
Bitten tongue or cut lip: Clean softly with cloth and apply cold press for swelling. When bleeding has subsided, rinse with warm salt water, or seek emergency services if bleeding continues.
Loose or dislodged crown: Local pharmacy dental cement can be used to place the crown temporarily, but patients must seek the help of a dentist in the matter of a few days. A crown may dislodge if caries, or dental decay, exists below the crown.
Toothaches: Rinse with warm water and floss to remove any trapped food particles between the teeth. If any facial swelling or pus around a cavity is evident, seek dental assistance as soon as possible. For other cavities, inserting a small piece of cotton soaked in olive cloves may relieve some discomfort.
What NOT to Do
Never place aspirin directly onto a tooth or wound in the mouth, it can burn gum tissue. Avoid irritating the mouth or gums of the affected area by brushing, prodding, or touching the wound. Also, never attempt to wait until pain subsides to seek dental help. Our practice is dedicated to safely alleviate pain and ensure that your dental experience is positive and healing. When waiting to get help means potentially losing a tooth or teeth, it’s best to seek care immediately.
Our team at Crossroads Family Dental in Oklahoma City has successfully treated many cases of dental emergencies over the last thirty years. Whatever your dental emergency, our highly experienced and skilled staff are here to alleviate your pain quickly and use all the benefits of our in-house lab technology to provide you care right away. Our supply of advanced technology, in-house resources, and highly efficient staff means you’ll get the care you need when you need it. If you have any questions regarding a dental emergency in Oklahoma City, Moore, or father call (405) 631-0322.