Emergency Care

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At Complete Dental Care in Greenville, we know that dental pain and emergencies can be traumatic. That’s why our goal is to treat dental emergencies as promptly as possible, and we’ve provided some vital information below to help you know what to do. Find your situation below for immediate instructions, and then call us right away and we’ll try to get you as quickly as possible. If it is after hours or we are closed for the day, listen to the recorded message for direction. If you require serious and immediate medical attention or your life is in danger you should call 911 or visit the nearest hospital or emergency room.

Tooth Knocked Out

Stop the bleeding with a compress by applying pressure with a clean gauze or cotton cloth. If possible, locate the tooth. Pick the tooth up by the crown (the part that is usually visible) not the root, and gently rinse it with water. Do not scrub or use soap, or remove any tissue fragments. If possible, gently place the tooth back in the socket (make sure it is facing the right direction). If the tooth cannot be placed back in the socket, soak it in a cup of milk in a sterile container, or an emergency tooth preservation solution. Call our office right away.

Broken Tooth

Rinse your mouth with warm water. Collect any tooth fragments you can find and place them in milk, or water if milk is not available. Contact our office.

Bitten Lip or Tongue

Use a clean rag to clean around the area and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling, pain, and start the clotting process. If bleeding doesn’t subside, or is too heavy, call our office right away or go to the emergency room.

Tooth Pain

Call our office first for excessive tooth pain or toothaches. The nature and cause of your pain will determine the best course of action. Depending on your pain level and tolerance, we will make recommendations and see you as soon as we can. We use high-tech diagnostic tools to determine the cause and ideal treatment plan for your tooth pain.

Foreign Object

If you have something stuck between your teeth, the first thing you should do is try to remove it gently with dental floss. Never use a sharp object as it may cause irreversible damage to the soft tissue. If you cannot remove the object with dental floss, call us and we’ll take care of you.

Detached Restoration

If your crown or bridge has fallen out, you should take it out of your mouth to avoid swallowing. Inspect it for any cracks or missing pieces. If it looks intact, you can place it back where it is supposed to go. Find a denture adhesive or temporary cap/crown cement (see your local pharmacy), or even a dab of toothpaste to hold it in place until you can see us. Call us right away and we’ll get you in as soon as possible.