At Anderson Dental we will make every effort to see emergencies IMMEDIATELY.

Immediate action when a dental emergency occurs can prevent permanent damage and help ease the pain. A common dental problem is toothache. Cavities do not cause pain until they have progressed to the point of possibly jeopardizing the tooth. Toothaches require immediate attention for this reason. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Tylenol™ or aspirin may relieve some of the sensitivity. Avoid extreme temperature and sweets as this may aggravate the symptoms. Call Anderson Dental immediately – even if the pain goes away, the sooner we treat the problem, the less the risk of permanent damage to the tooth or the mouth.

If the pain is due to a lost filling, we should replace that filling as soon as possible in order to prevent further decay from food particles and bacteria. An abscess or swelling is due to an infection in the tooth or gum. An abscess can have a serious effect on your general health and will not go away by itself. It also threatens the health of the adjoining teeth or tissues An over-the-counter pain reliever Tylenol™ or Aspirin may relieve some of the pain temporarily, call your dentist as soon as possible. Do not place aspirin directly on the gums or in the mouth to dissolve. Aspirin will burn the tissues of the mouth.

Teeth and Sports Injuries

Sports injuries can include injury to the teeth and in order to safeguard against potentially serious and painful injuries, certain precautions should be taken. Mouthguards are a good form of protection.  All athletes, young and old, should wear them.

Dental Emergency!

If a tooth has been knocked out, pick it up carefully by the crown, not the root. Picking it up by the root can injure the nerve endings at the tip of the root. Place the tooth back into its socket. If that is too painful place the tooth between the gum and cheek so as to keeps it wet with your saliva. When there’s a risk of swallowing the tooth, place it in a glass of milk, salt water or damp cloth, in that order of preference. If there is bleeding or swelling apply ice for swelling and pressure for bleeding. Exercising good judgment and proper preventive measures should avoid major injuries. Together with your dentist, you can work to keep that healthy smile.

Temporary Crowns (Caps)

Temporary crowns are just that: temporary. They cover and protect the teeth for a short period of time while we make the permanent crown(s). If you are in the middle of dental work and do have temporary crowns it is important that you follow through with the work within the amount of time recommended by your dentist.
We urge you to call your dentist or physician in case of a dental or medical emergency.