For emergency dental services, call 928-776-1208
A dental emergency can happen at any time. Whether the result of a fall, athletic injury, or other accident, dental emergencies need to be treated as soon as possible by experienced dental professionals. Dr. Jason Campbell, Dr. Rick Farnsworth, and their team are dedicated to providing emergency dental care when you need it. If you or a family member has experienced a dental emergency, please contact our office immediately. Pro Solutions Dental Group is here to help you.
Emergency Care Instructions
While seeing one of our dentists as quickly as possible is crucial, it is also important to know what to do in the meantime. Here are some quick instructions for several common dental emergencies.
Toothaches can have a variety of causes. First, rinse your mouth clear of any food particles that may have become lodged between teeth or in the gums. Use dental floss, not a toothpick or other sharp object.
If pain persists, the source may be internal. You can temporarily relieve pain with acetaminophen or ibuprofen, or with an ice pack on the cheek. A little clove oil applied topically to the tooth can also help. Do not place aspirin directly on the sore tooth, as this can actually cause gum damage.
Cracked or Chipped Teeth
Depending on the nature of the injury, some cracks and chips may be relatively painless. Others may be extremely painful. In either case, the following instructions should be followed.
• If a part of the tooth has broken off, collect it and rinse it in lukewarm water. It may be possible to bond it to the tooth again.
• Apply gauze to any bleeding areas for a few minutes until bleeding stops.
• Use an icepack or cold compress on your cheek to minimize any swelling any pain.
• You may want to cover the affected area with a dental cement. These are available at most pharmacies.
• You can also use a topical pain reliever. Do not place aspirin directly on the area, as this can cause gum damage.
Many cracks and chips are easily repaired with a bonding treatment, as long as no decay has affected the interior of the tooth.
Lost Fillings and Crowns
A filling or crown may become loose for many reasons, including additional decay to the tooth, a blow to the area, or even the age of the restoration. If you a filling or crown becomes loose or lost entirely, please follow these instructions until your appointment at Pro Solutions Dental Group.
• Carefully clean the crown and place it back on your tooth with dental cement (this can be bought at most pharmacies). Don’t force it–if it doesn’t slide on, it may be damaged.
• If the tooth is painful, you can use a dental cement or clove oil applied topically to relieve pain.
• If no dental cement is available, you can cover the affected tooth with SUGAR FREE gum to keep it protected.
We may be able to reapply the crown or replace the filling with no additional treatment. However, we will need to examine your tooth to see if additional decay or damage means more treatment is needed.
Loose or Dislodged Teeth
If a permanent tooth has become loose or entirely dislodged due to an injury, it can be saved. However, time is of the essence. The longer a tooth is out of its socket, the less likely it is the tooth can be saved. Following these steps before seeing our dentists can help improve our chances of saving your tooth.
• If the tooth is completely out of its socket, carefully rinse it in lukewarm water. Do NOT touch the root area; only handle the upper crown section of the tooth.
• Gently try to reinsert the tooth into the socket. If this cannot be done, keep the tooth in milk or a tooth preservation kit such as Save-a-Tooth.
• Alleviate any swelling or discomfort with an icepack or cold compress applied to the cheek. You can also take over-the-counter pain medication.
If you or a loved one suffer a more serious injury, such as a broken jaw, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.
Although we hope we never have to see you for a dental emergency, we are here for when if one does occur. To learn more about what to do if you experience a dental emergency, or if you require emergency dental care in Prescott, Arizona, please contact our office at 928-776-1208.