Emergencies

Emergencies happen. At Fairfield Family Dental Care we understand that they often occur at the most inopportune times.  If you are experiencing a dental emergency, do not hesitate to contact our office and our answering service. 

Common emergencies include: trauma, infection, swelling, fractures, broken teeth etc. With routine care and check ups, many emergencies are preventable. 

Accidents happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.

For all dental emergencies, it’s important to contact our office as soon as possible. If the accident occurs when your dental office is not open, visit your local emergency room.

Here are some common dental emergencies and how to deal with them:

 

Question: What do I do if I knock out my tooth?

Answer: For a knocked-out permanent or adult tooth, keep it moist at all times. If you can, try placing the tooth back in the socket without touching the root. If that’s not possible, place it in between your cheek and gums, in milk, or use a tooth preservation product that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Then, get to your dentist’s office right away.

 

Q: What do I do if my child knocks out a tooth?

If the tooth is a baby tooth, the best thing to do is find the tooth, keep it moist and get to a dentist. Your dentist can see whether the entire tooth, or just part of it, came out. Your dentist can also determine whether to implant it again.

If it is an adult tooth, follow the steps listed in the previous question.

 

Q: What if I think my jaw is broken?

A: If you think your jaw is broken apply cold compresses to control the swelling. Go to your dentist or a hospital emergency department immediately.

 

Q:  Is there anything I should add to my first aid kit?

A: It's a good idea to have floss on hand in case something gets caught in your teeth. The Save-a-Tooth emergency tooth preservation kit is also a smart addition to your first aid kit in case you lose a tooth unexpectedly.

Q: How can I avoid a dental emergency?

A: There are a number of simple precautions you can take to avoid accident and injury to the teeth:

  • Wear a mouthguard when participating in sports or recreational activities. 

  • Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy, all of which can crack a tooth. 

  • Use scissors, NEVER your teeth, to cut things.