Dental Emergency in Waverly
Dental emergencies are, by nature, sudden and unexpected. That’s why it’s a great reassurance to have a skilled and compassionate dentist like Dr. Jonathan Smiley in your corner during these trying times. If you or a loved one is suffering from a severe dental injury or pain, please don’t hesitate to contact Smiley Family Dentistry in Waverly, IA. In many cases, we’re able to see emergency patients on the same day as their initial call, and in the meantime, we provide guidance for managing your situation.
What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?
While many dental injuries or problems are clearly emergencies, you may be unsure about other instances. Here is a list of situations that Waverly dentist Dr. Smiley would recommend immediate care for:
- A crack or chip in the tooth
- A knocked out tooth
- An object stuck between teeth
- A partially dislodged tooth
- A painful, persistent toothache
- Significant bleeding in the mouth
- Soft tissue injury
- Knocked out filling or crown
Basic Emergency Instructions
As with a medical emergency, there are also certain steps to follow when you have a dental emergency. First, stop the bleeding. Place a clean cloth or gauze pad over the site of bleeding and apply firm but gentle pressure. You should begin to see the bleeding subside. If there is still excessive bleeding after 10 minutes of pressure, then head to the nearest hospital emergency room for further evaluation and possible treatment.
If your dental emergency is the result of a blow to the face, then there may be pain or swelling. A cold compress can help reduce swelling. An over-the-counter pain reliever may be used. However, if you are bleeding do not take ibuprofen or aspirin; these are both anticoagulants that may increase blood flow.
If you’ve suffered a knocked out tooth or a broken tooth, be very careful when you are handling the tooth or pieces of tooth. Gum tissue may still be attached to the root of the tooth, so try to touch only the crown of the tooth. We may be able to reimplant your knocked out tooth if you are seen shortly after your injury or accident. On the way to our office, you can gently hold the tooth in its socket, keep it under your tongue or inside your cheek, or transport the tooth in a sealed container filled with milk or a mild saline solution. Any of these options help to maintain the tooth’s natural pH.
Preventing Dental Emergencies
While many emergencies happen because of circumstances or accidents that can’t be avoided, there are some tips that patients of all ages can take to heart when protecting their smiles.
- Never use your teeth to try and open difficult packaging. Find a pair of scissors instead.
- Be careful when eating particularly tough or sticky foods.
- Always wear a sportsguard when doing an activity or playing a sport where contact with another person or a hard surface is a possibility.
Call Our Office Immediately
If you or a loved one is experiencing a dental emergency, call Smiley Family Dentistry immediately at 319-352-2270. Day or night, someone from our team will be able to assist you.