There is, unfortunately, nothing that can be done to prepare for a dental emergency. No matter how careful you or your family is, sometimes these things just happen.
At Kevin Spees Dentistry, we understand that these emergencies can happen at the most inconvenient times. Proper hygiene and overall oral health can reduce the risk of these types of emergencies, but in the event something happens, we are here for you. Whether you are a new or existing patient, you can rest assured that we will do our best to accommodate you when an immediate need arises.
What should I do if I lose a tooth?
If you suddenly lose a tooth – don't panic. There are things that can be done to save a lost tooth.
First, find the tooth and pick it up. Make sure you do not touch the root! Gently rinse it with water to remove any debris and, if you can, place the tooth back into its socket. Put it back into its original location – but do not try to force it in or bite down on it! If this is too painful, either place the tooth behind your cheek or put it in a cup of milk.
After this, call your dentist immediately. To save the tooth, it is essential to see a professional as soon as possible.
My tooth is chipped/broken/fractured – what do I do?
If your tooth has been damaged, but you are not experiencing any pain, your visit can often be delayed for a day or two. However, if your tooth is cracked or fractured, medical attention should be sought immediately.
As soon as the injury occurs, rinse your mouth with warm water. Afterward, place an ice pack on your face. This will help reduce swelling. Call your dentist as soon as possible to explain the situation and schedule an appointment.
Should I be worried if I have a toothache?
Toothaches are often signs of deeper problems. Because of this, no toothache should be ignored. There are a variety of issues that can cause pain in the teeth – such as infection and illness. It's impossible to tell what is causing a toothache until your mouth is examined, so call your dentist as soon as possible if you are suffering from an achy tooth.
What is your emergency policy?
At Kevin Spees Dentistry, we take your oral health seriously. Emergencies don't just happen from Monday to Friday – so we do everything we can to provide emergency care during this stressful time.
While Dr. Spees is not on call 24-7, he will do whatever he can to accommodate a dental emergency. If necessary, Dr. Spees will get in touch with you as soon as possible, even outside of a typical 8-5 workweek.
If you are in pain or fear you may be experiencing a dental emergency, call one of our two offices to speak with a member of our dedicated staff. Our Zionsville location can be reached at 317-873-2206, and our Lebanon location can be reached at 765-482-6672. Please visit our website for schedules, maps, or directions.