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What to Do When You Have a Dental Emergency

May 31, 2018
Posted By: Scott J. Stephens, DDS Staff
Man with Tooth Pain | Scott Stephens Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

 Dental emergencies seem to happen at the worst times, and not knowing what to do might cause you to panic. If you have a busy work day or are booked toting kids around town, it might be tempting to put it off until it becomes unbearable.

Take a deep breath. We handle dental emergencies in our Fayetteville, AR dental office, even if you are a new patient who needs a new dental home.

First Things First

If you have a knocked-out tooth, avoid handling the root and try to replace it in the socket. If you are unable to replace it or do not feel confident about it, keep it moist in a small container, and contact us right away.

Typically, if a child dislodges a baby tooth, we will not replace it, but we should still see your little one to make sure that no other damage is present.

If a dental crown comes loose or falls out, save it and we will either replace it or re-cement it when you arrive.

Pick Up the Phone

If you have doubts about whether your condition is an immediate concern, get in touch. Our team is well versed in dental emergencies and will help you decide if a direct trip to our Fayetteville, AR dental practice is in order.

Here are some signs you should come in right away:

  • Swelling of the gums, palate, jaw, face, or neck
  • Bleeding gums that will not slow down
  • Pain or severe sensitivity
  • Dislodged or knocked-out tooth

We reserve time in our daily schedule to examine emergency patients and provide palliative treatment. He earlier in the day that you can call us makes it more likely that we can get you in right away.

Our team is helpful and will guide you through the process. Even if it is after-hours, you can follow the instructions provided by calling the office line.

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