How should I handle a dental emergency?
If you have a dental emergency, please contact our office as soon as possible. If the office is closed, follow the instructions and call our emergency number and Dr. Caselle will get in touch right away.
Here are some steps to help you in the case of a dental emergency:
- Broken tooth: Rinse your mouth with warm salt water. If you notice swelling, place an ice pack on the area. If possible, keep the broken portion and bring it with you to the dentist. Restrict your diet to soft foods and avoid foods that are either too hot or cold.
- Lost filling: Usually a lost filling will result in a tooth feeling sensitive for a few days. You should contact our office for an appointment as soon as possible. In the meantime, restrict your diet to soft foods and avoid food that is either hot or too cold. Even though your tooth may feel better after a few days, do not delay having your tooth fixed because long-term exposure can result in more damage to your tooth.
- Toothache: Clean the area by swishing with warm salt water and floss to remove any irritants on the tooth. Call our office for an appointment.
- Bitten lip or tongue: Place ice on the area of trauma to prevent swelling. If bleeding does not stop or slow, you should contact our office.