Need Help? See the Emergency Dentist in Columbus, OH
You won’t get an argument from Dr. Mick—a dental emergency, yours or anyone else’s—can be a scary thing. First, there may be significant bleeding or pain. And if one of your teeth has been damaged or worse, knocked out, then the real worry begins. If you or a loved one is dealing with severe oral pain or a dental injury, contact the dental practice of Dr. Mick, the emergency dentist in Columbus, OH. Over the phone, a member of our team can provide reassurance and guidance on next steps. When needed, we will schedule a same-day urgent care visit. No matter what kind of dental emergency you’re dealing with, rest assured relief is on the way.
Examples of Dental Emergencies
There are many situations that your dentist in Columbus, OH considers an emergency. Some are quite obvious, while others may be less noticeable. These include:
- A knocked out tooth
- A broken or fractured tooth
- Intense tooth pain
- Broken dentures or other dental work
- A lost filling or dental crown
- Something lodged between two teeth or in your gum
There are other situations that can also be dental emergencies. The point is you should let Dr. Mick decide. He’d much rather see you and determine that you don’t have an emergency than miss a serious problem.
Also, dental emergencies are almost always better handled in the dentist’s office than in an emergency room. These are not normally equipped to handle dental care.
But when should you go to the nearest ER? If there is excessive or unstoppable bleeding, a possible concussion along with the dental emergency or if you think the injury may include a broken jaw, then a hospital emergency room is appropriate.
First Steps in a Dental Emergency
Just as when there is a medical emergency, the first step in a dental emergency is stop the bleeding. Use a clean cloth or gauze pad to press firmly but gently on the site. If bleeding doesn’t slow down in about 10 minutes, then it’s time to head for the emergency room.
When there is excessive bleeding, you shouldn’t take ibuprofen or aspirin for pain, because these are anti-coagulants that may increase bleeding.
Next, proceed with caution and handle that tooth with care. If the tooth has been avulsed (knocked out), try to touch only the crown and not the root where tissue may still be attached. Carefully clean the tooth with water and then try to put it back in place. If you can’t do that because of pain or bleeding, the tooth can be stored in a sealed container filled with milk or a mild saline solution while you drive to the dentist near me. If you can, call 614-864-4618 to let us know you’re on the way.
Finally, never use force if your emergency is a dislodged tooth. You can try to push gently on the tooth to move it back into position. But if you feel resistance then stop! Using force may further loosen the tooth.
Call Us When You Have a Dental Emergency in Columbus, OH
Dr. Mick and his staff want to help when you have a dental emergency. Contact Mick Family Dental Care to schedule a same-day appointment.