We Treat Dental Emergencies in Albuquerque
If you have experienced a dental emergency, such as a broken or knocked out tooth, a badly bitten lip or tongue, or a severe toothache, please call Snow Park Dental immediately at (505) 299-2979. Seeking immediate professional dental care can help save your tooth and alleviate your discomfort.
Making the right decision in an emergency situation requires you to remain calm. Dr. Mark Miller asks you to take several deep breaths and follow a few, simple first aid suggestions:
Bitten tongue or lip: Gently rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Apply pressure with a clean cloth to stop bleeding. If the bleeding does not stop, please go to the nearest emergency room.
Knocked a tooth loose: If you have knocked a tooth loose, gently but firmly move it into correct position and bite down. Your dentist can stabilize the loose tooth with a splint that attaches it to the neighboring teeth.
Knocked a tooth out: Clean the area by gently swishing warm water throughout your mouth. Using a clean cloth, apply pressure to the site to stop the bleeding. If possible, recover the tooth and, holding it by the crown (the part of the tooth that shows above the gum line), rinse it with warm water. Do not remove any bits of tissue still attached. You have several options for storing the tooth until you can get to the dentist:
- Insert it into the hole from where it was dislodged
- Put it in a clean jar of milk
- Store it in Save-a-Tooth solution. You may want to consider adding commercially available Save-a-Tooth solution to your home and car first aid kits.
Toothache: Gently floss your teeth to dislodge any bits of food or debris that may be causing discomfort. Rinse your mouth gently using warm water. Take a recommended dose of over-the-counter pain relief medication. Don’t ignore the pain and hope it will go away. The causes of toothaches can range from deep cavities to nighttime teeth grinding (bruxism). When you come in for your emergency appointment, Dr. Miller can identify the cause of your toothache and develop an appropriate treatment plan.