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Emergency Dentistry

At Alpha Dental Center we understand that emergencies do not always happen during office hours, because accidents like getting a tooth knocked out, a broken tooth, severe toothache, or a dislodged crown can happen at any hour of the day. If our office is closed, you can call our after-hours service to be put in touch with a dentist who will provide instructions on how to minimize the discomfort until you can get into the office. We offer emergency care at each office. Typically, an emergency appointment can be scheduled that day or the next.


Emergency Care at Home – First Steps

  • Broken Tooth – Find and save pieces of the tooth in whole milk or saline solution. The patient should bite down on a piece of gauze to control bleeding and use ice packs or non-prescription pain medication to control discomfort until seen by our dentist.
  • Tooth Knocked Out –  Keep the tooth safe and moist without touching the roots. If possible, replace the tooth in the mouth and cover with a piece of gauze, while biting down gently, until you can get to the office. If this is not possible, keep the tooth safe in a container of whole milk until you can see our dentist.
  • Toothache – Floss around the affected tooth and rinse the mouth with warm water. You many take a non-prescription pain pill to alleviate discomfort.
  • Crown dislodged –  A dislodged tooth crown can be uncomfortable and that can be eased with over-the-counter medication. While it is not the same emergency as trauma involving the tooth root, it will be handled as quickly as possible.

In the office, your Alpha Dental Center dentist will use the appropriate technology to review the extent of the injury and will provide the treatment plan needed.

Advantage Of Treatment

At Alpha Dental Center, we make it easy for you to find an office nearest you; call our toll free number 855-50-Alpha (855-502-5742), and follow the prompts.
Here are some basic guidelines on how to handle common dental emergencies:
  • Toothache – see your dentist as soon as you feel pain or discomfort.
  • Broken, chipped or cracked tooth – rinse your mouth with warm water, apply a cold compress to your face and see your dentist right away. If the tooth was broken or chipped – bring the tooth fragment wrapped in wet gauze or a wet towel.
  • Knocked-Out or Loosened Tooth – due to trauma, call your dentist. If the tooth was knocked out – if at all possible, gently insert the lost tooth back in its socket simply by holding the tooth by the crown using a clean washcloth. (In the event that the tooth is dirty, first rinse the root, but do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue). If reinsertion is not possible, hold the tooth under the tongue and see your dentist immediately.
  • Broken Jaw – apply ice or cold compress to the face, go to your dentist or an emergency center immediately.
  • Bitten Tongue or Lip – clean the area with a wet cloth, apply a cold compress on the area to reduce swelling. If bleeding persists or is too excessive, go to your dentist or emergency center.
It is important for good home dental care, it involves brushing and flossing your teeth regularly; and eating a mouth healthy diet, which means foods high in whole grains, fruits and vegetables along with dairy products. It is equally and important to schedule visits with your dentist and/or dental hygienist for regular checkups and cleanings to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Yes, genetics can also play a role in the health of your teeth and gums. Strong teeth, weak teeth, big teeth, small teeth, crooked teeth, susceptibility to cavities and even the potential to develop gum disease can be passed down from generation to generation. That is why it is so important to see your dentist regularly; your diet, dental care routine and frequency of visits to a dentist can turn around a potentially hopeless situation and develop a lifelong treatment plan, inclusive of habits that will address your potential weak spots.
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