Dr. Barber & Lee On Dental Emergencies

AT RIVERCREST FAMILY DENTAL, WE CARE ABOUT EVERY aspect of your oral health. Unfortunately, no matter how careful all of us are, or how much we try, we know life hands us unexpected situations. It’s a fact. Since we feel being prepared can greatly help with many dental emergency situations, we want to share some brief tips on what to do with some common dental problems.

Although it may seem like a minor thing to you, a dental injury to your teeth or gums should not be ignored as it can be potentially serious—with risks of more permanent damage, or more extensive (and expensive) repair down the road. This is in no way meant to replace your dental care with us. If you have questions about anything listed here, or anything else, always feel free to ask us!

Something Caught Between Your Teeth?

Gently try dental floss first, and never use a sharp object. If you can’t dislodge it, call us to help get it out before it becomes infected or inflamed and causes further harm.


Rinse with warm water and be sure nothing is lodged. Apply an ice pack if needed to reduce the swelling, and call us as soon as possible. We probably need to take a look to see what is causing the pain.

A Knocked Out Tooth?

“Time is of the essence” in trying to save a tooth. (watch the video below)

A Dislodged Tooth?

Apply a cold compress to help if there’s pain. If needed, take over the counter pain medications as well. Call us, and get in here to see us right away.

Chipped & Broken Tooth?

Although it may sound sorta gross, save the pieces of the tooth if you can. Apply gauze pressure if you’re bleeding. See us as soon as you can.

Lost A Crown?

Come in as soon as possible and be sure to bring the crown. In the meantime, slip the crown back in if you can, or use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area.

Lose A Filling?

Believe it or not, as a temporary measure until you can get in here to see us, you can stick a piece of sugarless chewing gum into the hole. Then, be sure to call us. Leaving a filling open can lead to much larger problems if it is not fixed soon.

Broken Braces Wires?

If the wire sticks out and is poking you (ouch), try using the eraser end of a pencil to push the wire into a comfortable position. If you can’t do that, cover it with orthodontic wax or a piece of gauze until you can see us or your orthodontist. Don’t try to cut the wire, as you could end up swallowing it or (worse) breathing it in.

Before you even have the injury, make sure you’re always wearing a mouthguard if needed. Prevention first is always better than having to fix it later. Be careful out there! Dr. Lee and Dr. Barber want you to always stay healthy, teeth and all.

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