Do you have a dental emergency?
Existing patients please text Dr. Hunter's personal cell phone number. He will contact you soon as possible. New patients may call the office and leave a message or follow the automated prompt to call the after hours number. Your call will be returned within 24 hours on the weekend and by the end of the day Monday-Thursday.
Below are some common dental emergencies and temporary fixes:
Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth meticulously. Using warm salt water, rinse the mouth to displace any food trapped between teeth. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you use aspirin on the aching tooth or on the gum. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. You may need to go to the emergency room if you can not be seen immediately. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen is recommended. Let us know as soon as possible so we can assist you.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
Ice can be applied to any bruised areas. For bleeding, apply steady (but gentle) pressure with sterile gauze or a clean cloth. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, go to an emergency room.
Rinse the area with warm water. Put a cold compress over the facial area of the injury. Recover any broken tooth fragments and give us a call.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
Recover the tooth, making sure to hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end. Rinse, but do not clean or handle the tooth more than necessary. Reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place using a clean piece of gauze or cloth. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, carry it in a cup containing milk or water. Because time is essential, see a dentist immediately.
Possible Broken Jaw
In the event of jaw injury, tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie or handkerchief. Go immediately to an emergency room.
Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out
Fold a piece of gauze and place it (tightly) over the bleeding area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes; if bleeding continues, come in to see us.
Cold or Canker Sores
Over-the-counter medications will usually provide temporary relief. If sores persist, make an appointment.