If you have a dental emergency, contact our office at (406) 652-9100.
Breaking a tooth or teeth is a scary experience. Knowing the steps to take after the incident (accidental fall, sports injury, biting on a hard object are common causes) can help to improve the final outcome and lengthen the life of your tooth!
If a small portion of tooth breaks off
Place the small piece of tooth into a container of milk or saline (preferably not tap water). You do not need to clean the tooth. Bring your broken piece of tooth along with the soaking solution to our office immediately.
If the entire tooth comes out
A knocked-out tooth can sometimes be placed directly back into the mouth if done properly and quickly. Briefly rinse debris from the tooth (don't scrub). If possible, place the tooth back into the socket. Otherwise, place it in a cup of saline or milk. Call us immediately.
The sooner a broken or knocked-out tooth is treated, the better the outcome will be. For knocked-out teeth, this needs to happen within one hour. Call our office as soon as your accident occurs.
Injured, infected, and painful gums can make it difficult to concentrate or even get through a meal. Although they may feel quite different from an emergency related to your tooth, gum emergencies certainly do happen. Our office is available to help treat and relieve your discomfort quickly.
What causes gum injuries?
There are a variety of reasons why a person can experience painful, infected, or injured gums. Some common causes include:
- Sports related injuries
- Accidental trauma
- Dental abscesses
- Impacted teeth
- Failing dental treatment
What to do when you have injured gums
Depending on the cause of your gum pain, there could be a significant underlying issue that can cause the pain to worsen or even lead to serious infections. If you are experiencing gum pain, call our office. Dr. Chalsey and her team will help accommodate your comfort needs and treat your infection or injury as quickly as possible.
Tooth Infection and Abscess
Toothaches and dental pain can be an extremely uncomfortable experience. If left untreated, an abscess can, in some circumstances, require hospitalization if the infection spreads into the face, head, or brain. While these side effects aren’t extremely common, they do happen from time to time and it’s important to know that there’s a risk to putting your treatment off. Our goal is to help patients as soon as possible to alleviate their discomfort and address their dental concerns. Should you experience a tooth infection or abscess, call our office to arrange an emergency dental appointment.
Dr. Chalsey leaves appointment openings available throughout the day for this specific reason. If it’s after hours, we invite you to call our office and leave a message, which will then quickly be returned by one of our expertly trained staff members.