Dental Emergencies – Call Our Office 520-886-8428
At Dr. Fuller’s office, we are happy to serve you if you’re having a dental emergency – whether you’re a current or new patient. In most cases, our office will be able to accommodate emergency walk-ins or offer a same-day appointment. In some cases, next-day appointments are necessary. Once our team addresses your dental emergency, we will likely schedule a re-evaluation for existing patients, or a comprehensive exam for new patients.
Chipped or Broken Tooth
You may be able to have your broken or chipped tooth reattached but contact our office to make an emergency appointment. Follow the steps below, and have Dr. Fuller examine the situation as soon as possible.
- Cleanse the area with warm water. Find gauze and apply it with firm pressure to stop bleeding.
- Look for the chipped or broken tooth pieces. Save any pieces of the tooth and rinse them. Rinse your mouth as well. If the pieces aren’t clean, place them in a washcloth and rinse with cool water.
- Place the pieces of the tooth into a small container and cover them with milk, saline solution, or the saliva of the person with the tooth injury.
- When the bleeding stops, put a cold compress to the injured area to decrease swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop within fifteen minutes of consistent, firm pressure, immediately call Dr. Fuller for an emergency dental exam, or go to the emergency room if after hours.
Knocked Out Tooth
More than 5 million teeth are knocked out every year in children and adults. With proper emergency care, a tooth that has been knocked loose or completely out of its socket can be successfully reinserted and last for years. It is important to see Dr. Fuller as soon as possible after the tooth is knocked out.
- Pick up tooth by the crown (the white chewing surface) not the root. Locate the tooth immediately; do not leave it at the site of the accident. The tooth should be handled carefully touch only the crown to minimize injury to the root.
- Gently rinse the tooth with cool water.
- Do not use soap or chemicals
- Do not scrub the tooth
- Do not dry the tooth
- Do not wrap it in a tissue or cloth
- Reposition tooth in socket immediately, if possible. The sooner the tooth is replaced, the greater the likelihood we will be able to reattach it. To reinsert, carefully push the tooth into the socket with fingers, or position above the socket and close mouth slowly. Hold the tooth in place with clean gauze, a wash cloth or by gently biting down on it.
- Keep tooth moist at all times. The tooth must not be left outside the mouth to dry. If it cannot be replaced in the socket, put it in one of the following:
- Emergency tooth preservation kit
- Cup of milk (regular tap water is not recommended for long term storage because the root surface cells do not tolerate water for long periods of time)
- In the mouth – next to cheek
- Visit Dr. Fuller’s office as soon as possible. Call our office for Emergency Dental Care immediately at 520-886-8428. Bring the tooth with you, ideally, within 30 minutes. The faster you act, the better your chances of saving the tooth.
Toothache, Swelling or Abcess
See Dr. Fuller immediately because gum pain or swelling can be the symptoms of an abscess (infection) of the gum tissue or a tooth’s root and the surrounding area. There are many reasons why gums can swell, become painful, or abscess. Only a thorough exam can identify the underlying cause.
- Clean your mouth out by rinsing thoroughly with warm water.
- Gently floss around the tooth to remove any food particles that may be trapped between your teeth or just under your gum line.
- If you have a cut in your mouth, apply a cold compress, ice pack, or a small pack of frozen vegetables.
- For a lost filling or crown, use clove oil to relieve pain. Simply dip a q-tip or cotton ball into the oil and apply to the exposed tooth.
If your emergency is life-threatening, dial 911 for Emergency Medical Services or go immediately to a hospital emergency room. For all dental emergencies, it is important not to take aspirin or ibuprofen because they are anticoagulants, which can cause excessive bleeding. To alleviate pain, take acetaminophen as directed on the bottle.
We are here for you in all cases of dental emergencies, and we look forward to caring for your dental needs.