While dental emergencies are rare, they can happen. When your dental health is at risk, we will do everything we can to make sure that you're treated as soon as possible. It's important to know how to take care of your teeth no matter which emergency occurs.
If you experience a dental emergency, be sure to call our practice as soon as possible. If you need immediate attention after hours, call our emergency phone number and our on-call staff member will help you. The emergency phone number is 706-426-1880.
Common dental emergencies include:
Tooth Knocked Out
First, try to stick the tooth back in place and hold it in place with firm pressure. If that is not possible, put the tooth in a container of milk and get to a dentist or emergency room as soon as possible.
Call us immediately. Maintain a soft diet, avoid extreme temperatures of food and liquid and avoid the tooth when eating.
Bitten Tongue or Lip
Biting or laceration of the lip can cause inflammation and bleeding. Use ice to control the swelling, and firm pressure to help stop the bleeding. If the laceration is deep or it is extremely painful, visit the emergency room.
If you are unable to move your jaw normally, or you received a blow and you are concerned that you may have fractured your jaw, go to an emergency room immediately.
Bleeding after an Extraction
Slight bleeding or oozing after an extraction can be normal for 24-48 hours. If bleeding continues, place a thick gauze over the extraction site. Apply pressure to the area until the bleeding ceases. Make sure that you get the gauze in exactly the right place and make sure that you use lots of pressure. Biting tightly into the gauze will give a good amount of pressure. If the bleeding continues, place a tea bag inside of a thin gauze, and apply heavy pressure for one hour. The tea bags contain tannic acid, which aids in clotting.
Apthous ulcers are those very small and painful sores that occur in the mouth. They are commonly caused by stress, trauma or a reaction to foods. If you have a sore on the inside of your mouth, apply Orajel for temporary relief. We are happy to see you in the office, to assess your condition and advise you of treatment or prescription needed.
An aching tooth is a very common dental emergency. A toothache is often a sign of infection in or around a tooth. Tylenol, Advil or Orajel can be helpful in relieving pain. If you have a hole in your tooth, most drugstores carry temporary dental fillers, that can be used to fill the hole. Please be advised that sometimes filling a hole in a tooth, where there is active decay, can cause pressure to build up in the tooth, resulting in more discomfort. Maintain a soft diet to avoid further breakage of the tooth. Ideally, getting to see us as soon as possible is the best solution for a toothache.