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Accidents happen all the time and not all of them require immediate care. But if you've had an injury to your teeth, mouth or jaw, you should see a dentist right away. If you’re not sure your problem is an emergency, here’s a list of the most common ones -- plus a few things you can do to minimize pain and damage before seeing your dentist:
Broken Tooth -- Save any pieces of the broken tooth and rinse your mouth out with warm water. Apply a cold compress to the area to decrease swelling and pain until you can be seen by the dentist.
Broken Jaw -- Apply a cold compress to limit swelling and see your dentist right away.
Knocked-Out Tooth -- Gently rinse off the knocked out tooth without removing any attached tissue. If possible, hold the tooth in place in the socket. Otherwise, put the tooth in a glass of milk and get to your dentist right away.
Something Stuck in Your Teeth -- Carefully try to remove the object with dental floss. (Don't try using a sharp instrument!) If you're unable to dislodge the object with dental floss, contact your dentist.
Toothache -- Rinse your mouth out with warm water. Then use dental floss to make sure there isn't any food or other debris causing the pain. If the pain persists, call the dentist.
Lost Dental Filling or Dental Crown -- For dental fillings, seal the area with a piece of sugarless gum or over-the-counter dental cement. If a dental crown has come loose, try to put it back in place with dental cement. If that doesn't work, bring it with you to the dentist.
Dental Abscess -- If you notice a painful, pimple-like swelling on your gums, rinse with salt water and immediately contact your dentist. Dental abscesses can lead to more serious infections if not promptly treated.
Call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Sjoberg if you're having a dental emergency!
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“I learned to fear and avoid dentists through a long military career. Later after I retired, an advertisement initially brought me to Dr. Sjoberg, and I could immediately tell the difference.
“While on vacation in Hawaii, I had a dental emergency and Dr. Sjoberg and his staff helped me over the phone to get help and find emergency care. They handled all of my follow up work when I returned, and ultimately Dr. Sjoberg provided me with five implants to restore my mouth. It was the best decision I could have made.
“I later brought my 86-year-old mother in law in for treatment. Dr. Sjoberg and his team took excellent care of her and made her feel comfortable and welcome, just as they did with me.”
“I have been a patient of Dr. Sjoberg for 23 years. I first approached him in response to an ad for orthodontics for adults. In a short period of time he had corrected my bite and straightened my teeth. Having my teeth fixed has given me more confidence and made me a lot happier than I was before the treatment.
“Plus, I get lots of compliments on my teeth and my smile.”
– Kathleen Lucas