What is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency is any situation that poses an immediate threat to the health of your teeth and supporting tissues. Dental emergencies are often the result of impact to the mouth, but they also can be caused by infection. To ensure the best possible outcome, any dental emergency should be evaluated by a professional as soon as possible.
How soon should I be seen?
If you are experiencing a dental emergency, we recommend you contact our office as soon as possible. Please do not wait to let us know you are having an issue. The sooner you notify us, the better we can make accommodations to tend to you. Upon exam and x-rays, if needed, we will be able to advise what your treatment options are. Our dental team works diligently to attend to patients with dental emergencies as soon as possible. If you are having a dental emergency, you may contact our office at Patrick Lonergan DDS Phone Number (504) 887-1700.
What to do if a tooth is knocked out:
For permanent teeth that are knocked out, rinse the tooth and put it back in the socket. If you can’t get the tooth back in the socket, place it in a container of milk, water, or saliva to keep it moist. Do not touch the roots (handle the tooth by the crown) and don’t brush the tooth. Contact your general dentists IMMEDIATELY for information and emergency treatment – the sooner you get to us, the more likely your tooth can be saved!
For baby teeth that are unexpectedly knocked out, leave them out and contact the child’s dentist immediately for instructions.
Other Emergency Dental Situations:
- Substantial Toothache
- Significant Sensitivity
- Swollen or Sore Gums
- Jaw Pain
- Infection and/or swelling
- Broken, Cracked and Chipped Teeth
- Broken Fillings
- Crown falls off
If you can’t get into your dentist’s’ office immediately, here is a list of effective home remedies to make you more comfortable while you wait for care:
- Warm water rinses for sore teeth and gums.
- Over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Ice packs applied to the outside of cheeks.
- Dental anesthetics containing benzocaine may be used as directed on the package for pain.
- Avoid overly hot and cold beverages and foods to reduce sensitivity.
- Heating pads may be used for jaw pain.
- Avoid chewing in the injured area.
- If a broken tooth has a sharp edge, cotton can be placed over it to protect soft tissues in your mouth.
Pain-Free Emergencies: Some dental emergencies may not cause pain initially. For example, a cracked tooth may not hurt, but it may lead to nerve damage in the roots. For this reason, all of the listed conditions need immediate attention, whether or not pain is present.
Are You Experiencing a Dental Emergency?
We are here to help! Please contact your dentist if you have any emergency conditions.