Do Not Panic! Dental Emergencies Happen, But We Can Help
When is life ever easy? We have all been involved in accidents or seen them happen, but when you have an accident that hurts your teeth, gums or mouth, things can get really painful really fast. At Appalachian Dental Care, we are here to help you get through any dental emergency.
What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?
Not every case is a real emergency, but we would much rather talk to you so we can help figure that out. That is why you should always call our dental office at 828-264-9938 as soon as you think you might need an emergency appointment. That said, here are some cases that are definitely dental emergencies:
- You got injured or had an accident that cut your gums, tongue or mouth.
- You took a hit to the jaw, and now it hurts when you open or close it.
- You have a broken tooth.
- You have a tooth that has been knocked loose or knocked out completely.
- You have a severe toothache and just cannot stand the pain anymore.
I Have a Real Emergency. What Do I Do Now?
If you are bleeding, the first thing to do is use pressure to stop it. If you cannot stop the bleeding, go to the emergency room.
If you are not bleeding, then call our office. If you call during our office hours (Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.), we can give you more information. Normally, our dentist and team can see emergency patients on the same day they call us. If you call when we are closed, you will be directed to an emergency line for more help.
If a tooth is broken or knocked out and you have the piece or tooth, gently rinse it in water and put it in a container. You can add some water or milk to that container as well. Be sure to bring it to your emergency appointment!
How Can I Prepare for an Emergency?
It is hard to fully prepare for dental emergencies since they are usually accidents or surprises, but you can create a dental emergency kit at home. Take some sterile gauze, a small container with a lid, and a piece of paper with the name and phone number of Dr. Airey on it and keep it in a secure place. If you have a dental emergency, this will help.
Do You Have Emergency Appointments?
We know emergencies happen suddenly, so we always try to fit in emergency patients on the same day they call. If we are already overbooked, or if we have already closed for the day, our after-hours emergency line will direct you where to get help.
If you have had an accident that has broken a tooth, knocked one out, cut your mouth badly enough to bleed or resulted in a severe toothache, call us immediately at 828-264-9938 for your emergency dental care in Boone, North Carolina.