Soft Tissue Injuries
When your lips, cheeks, or gum tissue sustain a serious injury, the first thing to do is stop the bleeding. This can be done with a cold compress and by applying light pressure. If the bleeding cannot be stopped or you have punctured your cheek or tongue completely through please call emergency services at 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
If you are able to stop the bleeding, a warm salt water rinse 3-4 times a day may be soothing until you can contact our office or seek a physician’s care.
A Tooth That’s Been Chipped
Even the smallest chip on your tooth should be evaluated and repaired, even if it’s not painful. Not only can a chip cause irritation to your gums or soft tissues, it can also provide an entrance for bacteria to infect the interior of your tooth. As long as the tooth is not causing you pain or sensitivity please call our office during our regular office hours to schedule an appointment to repair the chipped tooth.
For larger fractures and chips that have occurred after hours and are causing you pain that cannot be controlled with an OTC pain reliever or extreme sensitivity, if you are an established patient please call our office and leave a message with your name, birthday and call back number as well as send a text to our office number stating what your emergency is. We will respond back to you in a timely manner with instructions.
When you come into the office for a repair of a fracture or large chip please bring as many pieces of your tooth to Dr. Sigman as you can. He’ll discuss with you the best course of action for repairing or preserving your tooth.
A Tooth That’s Been Knocked Out
When your tooth has been knocked out with the roots attached, time is of the essence because Dr. Sigman has the best chance of saving your tooth within one hour of your injury or accident. Handle your tooth as little as possible and transport it carefully. Replacing it back in its socket is best. If you can’t do this, transport it in a cup or baggie of milk to keep the cells alive and moist. If you are an established patient who has had a tooth knocked out please call our office and leave a message with your name, birthday and call back number as well as send a text to our office number stating what your emergency is.
Remember to remain calm, and contact Performance Dental Center as soon as possible when you’re faced with an emergency. We make every effort to see our patients quickly, and the faster we can diagnose your situation, the faster we can get you back on the path to wellness again.