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Emergency Services

Dental Care of Indiana will always be there for you in case of a dental emergency. We have several offices with convenient night and weekend hours.

 

 

Tips for common dental emergencies:

Toothache – Rinse with warm water, and floss to dislodge any loose food. Then apply an ice pack (or a bag of frozen vegetables, frozen gel, etc.) to your face to reduce swelling, but never apply a pain reliever directly on gums near the sore tooth.

Chipped or Broken Tooth – If bleeding, apply a piece of gauze to the area until the bleeding stops, and apply an ice pack to face to reduce swelling and pain. Save the pieces!

Knocked Out Adult Tooth – Rinse the tooth, being careful not to remove any tissue fragments, and gently try putting it back into place. Don’t force it. If it won’t go back in place, put tooth in a glass of milk, or a cup of water with a bit of salt (the best chance at saving the tooth is if it’s put back in place within an hour). If it is only partially dislodged, apply an ice pack, and take some pain reliever if necessary.

Something Stuck Between Your Teeth? – Use floss! Never pick at it with a sharp object because you could cut your gums or scratch your tooth.

A Crown Fell Off – NEVER use super-glue to re-attach the it! If the tooth is sensitive, use an over-the-counter topical anesthetic. If you have an OTC dental cement, coat the interior of the crown, and put it back over the tooth.

A Lost Filling – If you have OTC dental cement, apply over the tooth. If you don’t have dental cement, use a piece of sugarless gum. Sugared gum will cause discomfort.

Broken Braces Wire – Using an eraser, push the wire into a more comfortable position. If this doesn’t help, cover the wire with orthodontic wax, or a small cotton ball. Never cut the wire, as you could swallow it, or inhale it into your lungs.



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