Don’t Call Gage or Desoto for These Emergencies
If you’re around 60, you can probably remember one of the worst TV shows ever — Emergency! The show followed the exploits of two guys on the Paramedical Rescue Service in Los Angeles. And the highlight of virtually every single episode was where the dynamic duo would grab their trusty defibrillator and zap the patient back to life. The need for the defibrillator was ubiquitous. Parking problem? Clear! Zap. Muscle cramp? Clear! Zap.
Fortunately, you’re in much better hands with our duo of Dr. Kalil and Dr. Kress when it comes to dental emergencies.
If you knock out a tooth, retrieve it and rinse it off with water. Rinse your mouth with warm water, as well. Don’t remove any tissue fragments from the tooth. Put the tooth in a small container of milk or in water with a pinch of salt and call us immediately. The tooth may be able to be saved, if we see you within a few hours.
Lost fillings or crowns
If a filling comes out, temporarily fill the gap with sugarless gum or dental cement. Don’t use regular gum, as this will cause pain. If a crown came loose, find it and bring it with you. You can place the crown back on the tooth using dental cement or denture adhesive until we see you.
A severe toothache is usually a sign that decay has invaded the interior of a tooth and is beginning to affect the tooth nerves. If it isn’t severe, rinse your mouth with warm water to be sure it is clean. Floss to remove any food lodged between two teeth. You can use over-the-counter tooth pain medication on the tooth. Be careful not to get it on your gums. If the toothache persists, call us.
Chipped or broken teeth
If you chip a tooth, find any pieces that you can. Rinse your mouth and the pieces with warm water. If there is bleeding, place a piece of gauze over the spot and bite down lightly until it stops. Place an ice bag or cold compress to your cheek to help with the pain.
With dental emergencies, if our offices are closed, either Dr. Kalil or Dr. Kress will be on call. Otherwise, call us and we’ll see you immediately, (603) 880-7004.