What To Do In Case Of Dental Emergencies

Richard P Belton DDS PA in Gastonia, North Carolina we know how common dental emergencies can be. For your convenience, we have included a list below with some common issues that you may face. In the event of a serious dental emergency please call our office at (704) 864-9949 or take your child to the nearest emergency room.

A cut to the cheek or tongue

Remain calm but act quickly. Apply pressure to the injured area to control the bleeding. Once the bleeding has stopped or is under control, examine the area for any swelling or debris. If you find any signs of debris, gently clean the injured area. For any swelling, apply an ice pack to reduce it.

Permanent Tooth Has Been Knocked Out

If you or your child's permanent tooth has been knocked out, your objective is to save the tooth if possible. First, attempt to reinsert the tooth into the tooth socket. If unable to do this, preserve the tooth in a cup with saliva or milk to keep the tooth hydrated. Afterwards, contact our dental office immediately.

Knocked Out Baby Tooth

In most cases, this is not an emergency. However, if your child is experiencing pain as the tooth was not ready to come out. Apply pressure to the area. Or if you have one available, have your child bite down on a cold compress. This should sooth the pain.

A fractured or Chipped tooth

If you or your child experience a chipped tooth, you will want to call our office immediately. We will have someone available to advise you on the necessary steps to save you or your child's tooth. We will also advise you on necessary steps to prevent any infection that may result from the chip or fracture. Be sure to clean the area and apply a cold compress to reduce any swelling.