emergencyIt is very important to be prepared in case you have a dental emergency. Even though we wish that they would not happen, emergencies are a part of life. Being educated and knowing what to do in an emergency can be the difference between losing and saving a tooth. You also need to know your dentist’s phone number.

You need to contact Greenfield Family Dentistry right away if you are having an emergency! If we are not open, go to the nearest emergency center.

If you lost a permanent tooth, it is important to keep it wet until you get to the dentist. If possible, place it back into the socket. If that is too painful, keep it between your cheek and gums, or place it in milk to try to save it.

If you crack a tooth or bite your tongue or lip, always rinse your mouth with warm water. A warm compress will help reduce swelling. If you have something stuck in your teeth, gently use floss to get it out. Do not try to remove it with something sharp! For toothaches, do not place aspirin right on your tooth or gums.

You should always wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth during sports and other physical activities. Also, it is important to avoid chewing hard food like hard candy, ice, and popcorn kernels; these are very good at breaking teeth. Always use scissors instead of your teeth to cut or tear things.

If you are in need of emergency dental care in Greenfield, Indiana, contact Dr. Edward Garry immediately at 317-462-1252.