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Dental Emergencies – Tooth Pain, Chipped Teeth, and Bitten Lip or Tongue

Dental Emergencies – Tooth Pain, Chipped Teeth, and Bitten Lip or Tongue

Not sure if your problem is an emergency? Here’s what constitutes a dental emergency plus some simple steps you can take to minimize pain before coming to see us.

TOOTH PAIN

See us right away. Rinse with warm water and floss the area in case something is stuck in the gums. Ibuprofen tends to be the best over-the-counter pain medication for dental related pain. Unfortunately, the only real solution is to see the dentist, even if the pain is minor, the pain can increase spontaneously.

CHIPPED TOOTH

If the chip is not large, and is not sensitive it may not need to be treated. However, the only way to know for sure is to have it examined and x-rayed.

BITTEN LIP OR TONGUE

Clean the area and apply an ice pack to reduce swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, see us right away or go to a hospital emergency room.

IF YOU HAVE A DENTAL EMERGENCY, CALL!

Leave a message if no one is there to answer and we will contact you shortly. Our staff checks messages, even at odd hours. Pain is your body’s signal that something is wrong. It also means it’s time to seek treatment for something you might have been putting off for awhile.

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