What to Do During a Dental Emergency

If your child cracked a tooth or you had a horrible toothache, would you know what to do? At Gordon Family Dental in Lehi, UT your dental-emergencydentist, Dr. David Gordon, and his team deliver accurate, fast and compassionate emergency dental care. Plus, they want their patients to know what to do first before coming to the office. Minutes count when an oral health problem is pressing.

What is a dental emergency?

Basically, it's any oral health problem involving serious pain, or loss of tooth structure or dental work. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), being prepared for sudden problems helps avoid tooth loss. In fact, research from the American Association of Endodontists shows that an avulsed, or knocked out, tooth can be successfully replanted if a dentist acts on it within one-half hour of injury.

Your dentist in Lehi asks his patients to contact Gordon Family Dental right away (keep us in your phone contacts) in a dental emergency. His staff will give further instructions to stabilize your condition and give you a same-day appointment as the situation warrants.

Examples of emergencies and what to do

Avulsed tooth If you or a loved one loses a tooth in an accident, rinse the tooth with clear water and replace it, roots down, in the empty socket. If this will not work, put the tooth into a closed container with milk, water or saliva to keep it moist until you get to Gordon Family Dental.

Toothache The throbbing pain and swelling associated with a toothache cannot wait. Call the office right away for an appointment. Take over the counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen for pain, and if your jaw is swollen, ice it (ten minutes on and ten minutes off). You also may rinse with warm salt water.

Cracked tooth, filling, crown or veneer Save the pieces, and bring them to the dental office. Dr. Gordon will evaluate the damage and repair as needed. He may use composite resin bonding to repair the tooth.

Broken or dislocated jaw This is a serious injury and requires immediate attention at a hospital emergency room.

Oral laceration Apply direct pressure with 4x4 gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop within 15 minutes, go to the closest ER.

Call us first

Your oral health is of the utmost importance to Dr. Gordon and his caring team. Never hesitate to call the office if you are in pain or are worried about the condition of a tooth. We're here to help no matter what. Our phone number is (801) 766-6344.

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