Dental emergencies can happen suddenly or take many months to develop. A broken or knocked-out tooth can occur in an accident, while a severe toothache may be caused by a longstanding cavity that has been left untreated. In either situation, it’s best to call our dental office and come in as quickly as possible.
If you’re unable to reach us right away for any reason, there are a few things you can do on your own to handle an emergency:
Find the tooth, rinse it off WITHOUT touching the root, and make sure it stays wet until we can see you. You can do this by placing it back into its socket, storing it in the cheek, or keeping it in a container with milk or saltwater. It is possible to reattach the tooth, but only within an hour or so of the accident, so be sure to move fast in this situation.