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What To Do When You Have a Dental Emergency

SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI- Knowing what to do when there is a dental emergency like getting a tooth knocked out can be the difference between a successful re-implantation and keeping your tooth or losing it. This is why Barnett-Davis Dental Group is sharing the basics about how to handle dental emergencies.

“If you do have a dental emergency, call our office and we will do everything we can to see you as soon as possible. We always welcome new patients,” cautions Dr. Nick Matthews, a Springfield Missouri dentist. “At Barnett-Davis Dental Group, even on the weekends and after hours, we always have a doctor on call to help you in a dental emergency situation.”

Here is what you should do in the event of these common dental emergencies.

  • Knocked out tooth. React as quickly as possible to preserve the tooth’s roots and increase the chance of being able to save the tooth.

    “The first thing you should do with a tooth is knocked out if to try to find it! I have so many patients who panic and don’t take the time to try to find the tooth,” says Dr. Tracy Davis, a dental bridge and teeth whitening expert in Springfield MO.

    Just gently rinse any debris off the root area, and try to place it back in the socket. Don’t try to scrub the tooth, and always handle it by the crown. Otherwise, you may inadvertently damage the blood vessels and tooth roots that are crucial in the re-implantation process. If you are unable to place it back in the socket, put the tooth in milk, water or saline solution for contact lens instead, and call the office immediately.

  • Cap, crown or filling fell out. Sometimes, fillings or crowns fall out. In some cases, a filling or crown may come loose because of damage to the tooth or there may be decay underneath it. If a filling or crown comes out, give our office a call as soon as possible to prevent bacteria from infecting the tooth. Even if the tooth doesn’t hurt, it is important to get prompt dental attention.

    “We want our patients to always remember that most dental problems don’t hurt until it has evolved into a major issue,” says Dr. Kelly Barnett, an Ozark dentures provider at the family dentistry practice. “Pain is usually the final symptom.”

  • Broken tooth. Cleanse the area by gently rinsing your mouth with warm water, and call our office as soon as you can. If there is no immediate pain, the same instructions apply to this situation as a filling or crown that falls off that we mentioned above. If there is pain, call our office immediately, and we will do everything we can to see you as soon as possible.
  • Bit tongue, lip or cheek. Gently clean the area with a soft cloth or by swishing warm water. Apply pressure to stop bleeding, and use cold compresses to reduce any swelling. Severe cuts, punctures and cuts that cross the border between the lip and facial skin may need medical attention at an urgent care clinic or emergency room.

“Our dental office always has a dentist on call for dental emergencies that happen after regular office hours or on the weekend. Just call our office to get the after-hours emergency number for the dentist on staff,” says Dr. Marc Barnett who is a Springfield MO family dentistry provider.

Barnett-Davis Dental Group is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On Tuesdays, we are open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you have an emergency, please call our office as early as possible so that you may receive attention as soon as possible.