Emergency Services in Sun Prairie, WI
Parkview Dental Associates provides same-day emergency dental services during clinic hours. Dental emergencies include but are not limited to: toothaches; swelling in the mouth; chipped, broken, or knocked-out teeth; or any other oral condition causing severe pain. Please call our office at (608) 837-7394, and our patient coordinators will assist with scheduling. Our on-call emergency dentist will address your urgent dental needs/concerns outside of normal business hours.
Below, you will find a list of our most common dental emergency situations as well as best practices for alleviating pain and/or preventing further damage prior to your appointment.
Common Types of Dental Emergencies:
Toothache and Swelling (Abscess)
An abscess is an infection that occurs on the gums at the base of the tooth or in the space between two teeth. This is a serious condition as the infection can quickly spread throughout the mouth. If left untreated, the infection can also spread to other parts of the body. Rinse your mouth with warm, salty water and apply a cold compress to the outside of your mouth or cheek if there is swelling. Do not put painkillers against the aching tooth as it may lead to tissue damage. Call your dentist as soon as possible.
Chipped, Cracked, Broken Tooth
If a tooth is chipped, gather up the broken pieces and take them to the dentist for repair. Rinse your mouth with warm water. Apply gauze if there is bleeding and cold compress on the outside of the mouth to reduce any swelling.
Knocked out Permanent Teeth
Time is of essence when it comes to saving a knocked-out tooth. The tooth will likely survive if it is reimplanted in the socket within 60 minutes. Call your dentist immediately to have the tooth re-implanted.
Never touch the root of the tooth where there are periodontal ligaments that are necessary for proper healing. Only handle the teeth by the crown (chewing surface). Rinse the tooth if it is soiled. Do not scrub or dry the tooth, and do not wrap the tooth in a tissue or cloth.
Instead, try gently putting the tooth back into the socket right away (be mindful of the direction of the tooth). Hold the tooth in place with your fingers or by gently biting down on it.
Keep the tooth moist at all times. Put the tooth in a small container of milk. Do not use regular tap water.
If you can’t get to the dentist within an hour, try using a tooth-preserving medium such as Save-a-Tooth (Walgreens, Target, Walmart), which may keep the tooth alive for up to 24 hours.
Prevention is the best strategy. Athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer dental injuries when not wearing a mouthguard. A properly-made mouth guard can protect the teeth by cushioning the impact and dispersing the forces. Ask your dentist for more information.
Injuries to the tongue, cheeks, gums and lips can result in significant bleeding due to the dense vascular nature of these tissues. Rinse with lukewarm saltwater. Use gauze to apply pressure to the bleeding area for 15-20 minutes. Hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth to reduce swelling. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, call your dentist immediately for further instructions.
Emergency Dentist serving DeForest, Sun Prairie and surrounding communities
If you are in need of emergency dental care, please call us right away and our staff will assist in scheduling an appointment. Our emergency dentist proudly serving DeForest, Sun Prairie and surrounding communities will provide care outside of normal business hours if necessary. Our emergency dentistry staff is here to help in any way they can and answer any questions you may have. We understand how uncomfortable and stressful dental emergencies can be and dedicate our emergency dental clinics to providing fast effective relief.
HANDLING CHILDREN’S DENTAL EMERGENCIES:
KNOCKED OUT TOOTH
Go to the dentist right away. It’s best for your child to see a dentist within 30 minutes. Don’t forget to bring the tooth & any tooth pieces you can find! If a permanent tooth is knocked out:
- Hold the tooth by the top and not by the root.
- If it looks dirty, rinse the root briefly with water. Do not scrub the tooth or remove any attached bits of tissue.
- Try to gently insert the tooth into its socket and then hold it there with a clean washcloth or gauze pad. If this isn’t possible, try these other options in this order:
- See if your child can hold the tooth under their tongue or between the cheek and gums.
- Put the tooth in a container with milk, saliva, saline (salt) solution, or an emergency tooth preservation kit.
- If none of those liquids are available, put the tooth in water.
BROKEN OR CRACKED TOOTH
Go to the dentist right away and bring the broken tooth piece with you (if possible).
- Rinse the mouth with warm water to keep the area clean.
- If you can find the broken tooth piece, wrap it in some wet gauze or a wet towel.
- Put a cold compress (like an ice pack or a washcloth with ice wrapped inside) on the face to reduce swelling.
BITTEN CHEEK, TONGUE, OR LIP
- Clean the area gently with a cloth and place a cold compress over the area (if possible) to keep swelling down.
- If there is a lot of bleeding, or if it doesn’t stop after 1-2 hours, take your child to their dentist or physician, or to an urgent care center.
OBJECT CAUGHT BETWEEN TEETH
- Do not try to remove the object with a sharp or pointed instrument.
- Gently try to remove the object with dental floss.
- If floss doesn’t work, take your child to their dentist.
TOOTHACHE OR SWOLLEN FACE
Swelling of the face can be a sign of serious infection. If your child’s face is swollen, take your child to their dentist or physician.
- Rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out.
- Give your child what you would normally give them for pain, but do not put aspirin directly on the aching tooth or gums.
POSSIBLE BROKEN JAW
Apply a cold compress to control swelling. Take your child to the dentist or an urgent care center right away
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