FAQs for Emergencies

Patients often ask what to do in case of a dental emergency – when they should call Dr. Scurria after office hours and when a problem can wait for regular office hours. This list covers most typical dental issues and can help guide you. If you are not certain, if you are in pain and want advice, call Dr. Scurria. He will always answer your questions and, when necessary, make arrangements to treat the problem as an emergency.

Toothaches

Thoroughly rinse your mouth with warm water and use dental floss to remove any lodged food. If your mouth is swollen, apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek. Take aspirin, Tylenol or your regular over-the-counter pain reliever. DO NOT put aspirin or painkiller against the gums or on a tooth. Call Perimeter Dental Group to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Chipped or Broken Teeth

If you can, save all pieces of tooth that broke off. Rinse the mouth using warm water; rinse the broken pieces. If there is bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area for 10 minutes or until bleeding stops. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth, cheek or lip near the chipped or broken tooth. Take aspirin, Tylenol or your regular over-the-counter pain reliever. DO NOT put aspirin or painkiller against the gums or on a tooth. Call Perimeter Dental Group to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Knocked-Out Tooth

Time is important here so we want you to move quickly and efficiently.  The chances of saving a knocked-out tooth improve dramatically when you see the dentist within an hour. Call Perimeter Dental Group immediately. Then…If you can, retrieve the tooth and holding by the crown, never the root, rinse off the tooth root with warm water to remove any dirt. DO NOT scrub it or remove any bits of tissue that may be attached to the tooth. If you can, place the tooth back in the socket. If that isn’t possible, place the tooth in a small container of milk or, if that isn’t possible, in a cup of water with a pinch of salt.

Partially Dislodged Tooth

Again, time is important.  Call Perimeter Dental Group immediately. Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek. Take aspirin, Tylenol or your regular over-the-counter pain reliever. DO NOT put aspirin or painkiller against the gums or on a tooth.

Lost Filling

As a temporary solution, stick a piece of sugarless gum into the cavity. DO NOT use sugar-filled gum, it will cause pain. There are also over-the-counter dental fillers that may help.  Take aspirin, Tylenol or your regular over-the-counter pain reliever. DO NOT put aspirin or painkiller against the gums or on a tooth.Call Perimeter Dental Group to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Lost Crown

If possible, retrieve the crown and place it over the tooth. You can use over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste or denture adhesive to temporarily hold the crown in place. Take aspirin, Tylenol or your regular over-the-counter pain reliever. DO NOT put aspirin or painkiller against the gums or on a tooth. Call Perimeter Dental Group to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.

Soft-Tissue Injury

Injuries to the soft tissue – tongue, cheeks, gums and lips – can result in significant bleeding. Try to control the bleeding by first rinsing your mouth with a mild salt-water solution. Then apply a moistened piece of gauze or a wet tea bag to the bleeding site and hold in place for 15 – 20 minutes. Apply a cold compress the the outside of the mouth or cheek.If bleeding does not stop, call Perimeter Dental Group or go to a hospital emergency room. Continue applying pressure to the bleeding site until you are treated by a professional.