Call 911 for Your Teeth
Just as when your furnace stops working at 2:30 a.m. on a Sunday morning when it’s a chilly -23-degree night in New Hampshire, rarely do dental emergencies seem to happen during office hours. Sure our office hours at Kalil & Kress are more available than most — running from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. most days — but what happens when you have a dental emergency at other times?
Here are some typical problems that may or may not need immediate attention. For emergencies, a call to our office line will be transferred to the on-call dentist.
OK, you were playing pond hockey, and you caught a puck in the kisser. Find the knocked out tooth or teeth and rinse it/them off with water. Then rinse your mouth out with warm water as well. Don’t scrub the tooth, though, as those tissue fragments could save the tooth. You can try and put the tooth back in place, facing the right direction, of course. Don’t wait — we have a better chance of saving your tooth if we can see you within a few hours after the incident.
Chipped or broken teeth
If you chip or break a tooth, try and find the pieces, if you can. Rinse your mouth with warm water. Apply gauze to any spot that is bleeding until it stops. Call us immediately.
Lost fillings or crowns
If a filling detaches or if a crown comes off, we should see you right away. You can fill the gap from a filling with sugarless gum or dental cement. Don’t use sugared gum, as it will cause pain. If a crown pops off, find it first. Then try and reattach it to your tooth with over-the-counter dental cement or denture adhesive. This will protect the underlying tooth until we can see you.
Toothaches usually don’t constitute an emergency. Floss your teeth to remove any food that may be stuck and causing the pain. Try over-the-counter tooth pain medication, but don’t get it on your gums. If the pain doesn’t pass, call us, as this could be a sign that decay has made its way into the interior of a tooth.
Objects in your teeth
If something you’re eating or something else becomes lodged between your teeth, first try to floss it out. Don’t use a pin or other sharp object to try and dislodge it, as this can damage your enamel or your gums.
We deal with dental emergencies all the time. If you have one, call us at 603-880-7004.