Despite a healthy oral hygiene routine and regular visits with the dentist, dental emergencies do occur- often at the most inconvenient time. Dr. Maria Benefield makes it a priority to see patients the same day in the case of an emergency and offers some quick tips for handling common situations to avoid permanent damage or tooth loss.
In the event of a dental emergency, contact our Sandy Springs dentist office immediately for advice on how best to address the problem. In the event of an after hours or weekend emergency, call our office at 404-252-1216 and someone will get back to you shortly.
A toothache can indicate a range of possible dental concerns. If you are suffering with sudden tooth pain, contact our office and we will schedule a visit if necessary. An over the counter pain medication such as ibuprofen may help to ease the pain. DO NOT apply anything directly to the affected tooth surface.
Object Caught In Teeth
In the event of food particles or an object lodged between teeth, gently use dental floss to try and remove it. NEVER use a sharp object or anything other than dental floss to avoid damaging the teeth or gums. If you are unable to remove the object, call our office for advice on how to proceed.
If a child has a very loose primary (baby) tooth, gently remove it to avoid inhaling or swallowing the tooth. If an older child has a loose permanent tooth as a result of an accident, contact our office immediately for instruction on how to proceed.
Knocked Out Tooth
If a tooth is accidentally knocked out, contact us immediately for advice on how to proceed and possibly save the tooth. Pick up the tooth by the crown (top of the tooth), rinse with warm water and place in a clean container of milk.
Broken, Chipped or Fractured Tooth
In the event of tooth damage, contact our office immediately for instruction on how to proceed. If possible, locate and save the tooth fragment. Rinse the mouth with warm water and use a cold compress as needed for pain.