At Maidu Dental, we treat many different urgent dental concerns. Common dental emergencies include:
If you experience any of the problems listed above, there are certain protocols that you should follow. When you contact us for your appointment, we will advise you about the best ways to care for your tooth and ease your discomfort.
Knocked-Out Tooth: If your tooth is knocked out, call our office immediately to let us know you are on your way to the office. If possible, locate the tooth and gently rinse it off, avoiding the root. If feasible, place the tooth back in its socket. If you cannot do this, keep the tooth hydrated by holding it in your mouth or placing it in a container of saline or milk. In some cases, Dr. Markham may be able to place the tooth back in its original position.
Broken Tooth: If you can locate the fractured piece of tooth, pick it up and store it in milk, saline, or saliva. Bring the piece with you to your appointment. Dr. Markham can sometimes bond a broken piece back on to your tooth.
Object Stuck Between the Teeth: If there is a foreign object stuck between the teeth, you can attempt to remove it by gently flossing the area and rinsing out your mouth. Never use a sharp object, as this can cause damage to your teeth and gums.
Tissue Trauma: If you have a cut on your gums, you should replace any loose flaps of skin. You can hold the flap in place and staunch bleeding by biting down on piece of gauze. If you are bleeding profusely, or if the cut is extremely large, call 911.
Toothache: If you have a toothache, you can often minimize discomfort with an ice pack and over-the-counter medication. Even if these prove effective, you should still seek emergency treatment before the pain grows stronger.