Proper care during a dental emergency can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
Accidents and injuries can happen at any time of the day or night. Some may require immediate attention, while others can wait until our regular business hours. At Northside Dental, we are available to our patients for dental emergencies in Carmel, Indiana.
How do you know the difference?
First, if it is during regular business hours, call our office to see what we advise (if after hours, voicemail will give you instructions). We may want you to be seen by us or by another medical professional immediately if:
- You have severely cracked a tooth
- There is a large piece of tooth missing
- The tooth has been knocked out completely, or you can feel nerve damage
Depending on the severity and location, a chipped tooth or minor crack can usually wait until we can schedule an appointment for you.
Tips for at-home care during an emergency:
- Tooth is knocked out: If a tooth is knocked out, find the tooth and rinse it off with warm water. It is vital to hold the tooth by the crown and try not to touch the root too much. If it will easily and painlessly go back into the socket, gently place it into the socket and call us. If this is too painful, put it in a cup of milk and call us immediately.
- Chipped tooth: When it comes to fracturing or chipping a tooth, the life of the tooth is not always in jeopardy. If you believe that the damage to the tooth is just cosmetic, if it is not sharp, and if you are not in pain, an immediate visit is not necessary. However, if you’re experiencing tooth pain, the nerve may be exposed, and you should contact us right away.
- Tooth or mouth pain: Over-the-counter pain medication can help with pain before you are able to see us. Ice packs are also a great way to help reduce swelling.