If you have a dental emergency, call Smiley Dental Group at 614-472-8346.
Most dental emergencies are treated at the time of your emergency appointment. If an emergency occurs after hours, please follow the instructions on the answering service to leave a message for the doctor on call. Smiley Dental Group offers 24 hour emergency care for patients of record.
There are a number of simple precautions you can take to avoid accident and injury to your teeth. One way to reduce the chances of damage to your teeth, lips, cheeks and tongue is to wear a mouthguard when participating in sports or recreational activities that may pose a risk. Accidents do happen and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, go to a hospital emergency room immediately.
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Use cold compresses on the area to keep any swelling down.
Possible Broken Jaw
Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Go to a hospital emergency room immediately.
Tooth Knocked Out
Hold the tooth by the crown (top) and rinse off the root of the tooth in water if it’s dirty. Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If that isn’t possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and contact Smiley Dental Group immediately. Remember to bring the tooth with you to the office!
Objects Caught Between Teeth
Try to gently remove the object with dental floss; avoid cutting the gums. Never use a sharp instrument to remove any object that is stuck between your teeth. If you can’t dislodge the object using dental floss, contact Smiley Dental Group.
Rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water. Gently use dental floss or an interdental cleaner to ensure that there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. If the pain persists, contact Smiley Dental Group.