Dental Emergencies

When the unexpected happens, we are here to help.

Dental emergencies are never welcome and often occur after traditional office hours. Whether you’ve suffered from a sports injury, a fall, or perhaps you’ve simply neglected your teeth for too long, our office is here to help you when the unexpected happens.

You may think that something like a knocked out tooth can be dealt with at home, it may be much more serious than you suspect, or could have long term side-effects. Don’t wait – call our office. We will make every effort possible to see you the very same day that you call us so that we can help you relieve pain and put your mind at ease.

Even a toothache can be one of the most uncomfortable experiences that a person can have. We can provide immediate relief as soon as you can make it to our office.

If you’ve been putting off treatment because you feel hesitant or anxious or even downright scared of going to the dentist, we offer gentle sedation dental treatments to take care of the issues going on in your mouth while you lay back fully relaxed and perhaps even take a quick nap. See – that’s nothing to be scared of. For more information on sedation dentistry options, click HERE.

Here are some tips for dealing with some of the dental emergencies that Dr. William Myers and his staff often see at their Warsaw dental practice:

A Broken Tooth: Hold a cold compress on the face in the area of the broken tooth to minimize swelling in the face and lips. Call our office as soon as possible.

A Completely Knocked Out Tooth: Try to find the tooth, and then pick it up by the crown, not the root. If the tooth is dirty, you can rinse it in cold water, but don’t scrub it or handle the root if possible. Try to put the tooth back in its socket, and then close the mouth around some gauze or a washcloth to help keep the tooth in place. If the tooth will not go back into the socket, then put it a cup of MILK. If you don’t have access to milk, use cool water, but milk is better. Call our office immediately – there’s a short amount of time in which we can save that tooth!

A Toothache – Clean the area around the tooth, and rinse the mouth with warm salt water. Don’t place an aspirin on the gums or tooth – – this is an old wives tale that may cause the tissue around the gums to burn. Apply a cold compress to the face if there is swelling, and call our office for an emergency appointment.

Possible Broken Jaw – Do NOT try to move the jaw! Try and stabilize the jaw by tying a necktie or a towel up over the top of the head. Apply cold compresses and call our office – OR go to a hospital Emergency Room immediately.