At the dental office of A. Gregory Sohrweide, DDS, our entire dental team recognizes that dental emergencies can occur at any time, causing fear and anxiety. We want you to know that we are here for you and your family in any emergency situation. Our goal is to advise you the same day you call, provide efficient treatment, and help you feel calm. With Dr. A. Gregory Sohrweide, you never need to be crippled by a dental emergency again.
If you are facing a dental emergency, we strongly encourage you to call our office immediately at 315-638-0265. To reach us after normal office hours, please call us at 315-472-2679. Immediate treatment can determine if a tooth is saved or lost. We have also provided some basic information below to help you through your dental emergency.
What is a dental emergency?
A dental emergency includes decay or damage that requires immediate attention in order to maintain the health and comfort of your smile. The most common dental emergencies we see at our office include:
- Knocked-out (avulsed) teeth
- Severe tooth pain
- Broken, chipped, or cracked teeth
- Objects lodged between teeth
- Cuts or injury to the tongue, gum, cheeks, or lips
- Jaw or facial pain
- Lost dental restorations
What should I do if my tooth gets knocked out?
By far, the most common dental emergency is a knocked-out tooth. Most often, teeth are lost in high-intensity sports or from accidents and trauma. If a tooth has fallen out, follow these steps:
- Pick up your tooth by the crown, not the root
- If the tooth is dirty, rinse it with milk or water
- For adults, try to reinsert the tooth into place
- For children, do not reinsert the tooth
- If the tooth cannot be reinserted, store it in whole milk
- Pain can be managed with over-the-counter medication
- Apply a cool compress to the face to reduce swelling
- Call our office immediately
Generally, a tooth has a good chance of being reinserted permanently if placed within 30 minutes after falling out.
My tooth really hurts! What do I do?
Decay and damage, if left untreated or severe enough, can cause unbearable pain. To alleviate any discomfort, rinse your mouth with warm water and take an over-the-counter painkiller. However, never put any medication not suggested by Dr. A. Gregory Sohrweide on your tooth or gums. Ice in a cold compress can also be utilized to reduce swelling and numb the area. We encourage you to make an appointment with us as soon as you can so we can permanently resolve the issue.
What if an object is stuck between my teeth?
First, try to use dental floss to gently pry the object out. Never use a sharp object or instrument, as this can cause damage to your gum tissue and the surface of your tooth. If the object will not come out, please contact our dental office as soon as you can for quality dental emergency care in Baldwinsville, New York.
How do I avoid dental emergencies?
While we do not always have control, following these tips can reduce the risk of dental emergencies:
- Visit your dentist regularly (we suggest once every six months)
- Use a mouth guard or protective gear during sports
- Keep up with good oral hygiene habits
Keep a close eye on children when they are participating in activities that could result in a physical accident, such as playing on the jungle gym, running, jumping off of things, or wrestling