Emergency
Dental Services

Dental emergencies are often frightening and painful, but you can count of Beck Pearce Dental to take care of your emergency no matter when it happens. No matter what the problem is you can rest assured knowing Drs. Beck, Pearce, Bateman and Simpson are there for you. 

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Emergency
Dental Services

Dental emergencies are often frightening and painful, but you can count of Beck Pearce Dental to take care of your emergency no matter when it happens. No matter what the problem is you can rest assured knowing Drs. Beck, Pearce, Bateman and Simpson are there for you. 

Types of Dental Emergencies and How to Handle Them:

Tooth Knocked Out (Avulsed Tooth)

If a tooth has been knocked out of the mouth it is imperative to see your dentist immediately. Tissues, nerves and blood vessels become damaged when a tooth is knocked out of the mouth. If the tooth can be placed back into the socket, there is a chance the tissues will grow and support the tooth again.

What to do:

  1. Call the dentist as soon as possible.
  2. Pick up the tooth by the crown – do not touch the root! Rinse the tooth under warm water.
  3. Place the tooth back into its socket, if possible. Or tuck the tooth into the check pouch.
  4. Put the tooth into a cup of milk, saliva or water as a last resort, if the tooth can’t be placed in the mouth. It is very important not to let the tooth dry out.
  5. Get to your dentist.

Your dentist will try to replace the tooth into its natural socket, however if the tooth doesn’t reattach or if the inner mechanisms of the teeth are damaged, root canal therapy may be necessary.

Lost Filling or Crown

A crown or filling can come loose while eating. When this happens your tooth may be very sensitive to temperature changes and pressure.

If the crown is detached from your mouth, contact your dentist as soon as possible. There is a possibility that your dentist will be able to reinsert the crown, so keep the crown in a cool, safe place. If the crown is out of the mouth for an extended period of time, your teeth may shift or sustain further damage.

If you can’t make it to the dentist immediately, follow these steps:

  1. Alleviate pain by applying clove oil to the tooth.
  2. Clean the crown and reattach it using dental cement (found at your local pharmacy).
  3. Smear the top of your tooth with dental cement if the crown is lost.

***In no circumstance should glue of any kind be used to reattach the crown.

Your dentist will determine if the crown still fits and if it does it will be reattached. If tooth decay is found, your dentist will treat it before making a new crown.

Cracked or Broken Teeth

Despite being strong, your teeth are susceptible to fractures, cracks and breaks. Fractures, cracks and breaks are typically a result of trauma, grinding or biting. Contact your dentist immediately if your tooth has been fractured, cracked or broken.

Steps to Take at Home:

  1. Call your dentist immediately.
  2. Use lukewarm water to rinse your mouth and tooth fragment.
  3. Apply gauze to the affected area if there is bleeding.
  4. Minimize swelling and pain by applying a cold, damp cloth to the cheek.
  5. If you can’t make it to the dentist immediately cover the affected area with dental cement (found at your local pharmacy).
  6. Take a pain reliever.

Your dentist will determine the best solution based on the nature of the break or fracture.

Dislodged or Loose Teeth

It may be possible to save a tooth that has been dislodged as a result of trauma or decay. If your tooth becomes dislodged or loose, contact your dentist immediately to make an appointment. Treat the affected area by using a cold compress and pain relieving medication. Your dentist will use splints to stabilize the tooth, however if the tooth doesn’t heal, a root canal may be necessary.