Quick Relief from Dental Pain - Dental Solutions of Columbus IN

Quick Relief from Dental Pain

If you’ve experienced or are currently experiencing a sudden toothache, or have chipped or knocked out a tooth, you know the last thing you want to hear from your dental office is that you can’t be seen right away. We know that dental emergencies can be frightening and painful. That’s why we go out of our way to help patients with dental emergencies as quickly as we can.

If you call our office after hours with a dental emergency, you’ll be directed to call a dedicated emergency line. Simply leave us a message, and we’ll quickly return your call and help you find relief.

First Aid for Dental Emergencies

Follow the guidelines below for quick relief from common dental emergencies. If you’re unsure of what to do, please call us. If the trauma is severe or the bleeding profuse, call 911 right away.

Toothache or Sore Gums

Toothache - Indy Dental Solutions

Use a toothbrush and toothpaste to gently but thoroughly clean the sore area. Rinse with warm salt water, then try to dislodge any trapped food or debris with dental floss. Feel free to take an over-the-counter pain medication to help manage the pain until you’re able to see us, but do not apply any pain relief gels or creams directly to the sore area. If swelling is present, apply a cold compress to the affected area for 15 minutes.

Cold Sores or Canker Sores

Cold Sores and Canker Sores - Indy Dental Solutions

The most effective treatment for cold or canker sores is typically dedicated over-the-counter medications. If the sores are abnormally large or the pain severe, we may be able to provide treatment that will ease the pain and speed up the healing process. Feel free to give us a call!

Broken Tooth

Broken Tooth - Indy Dental Solutions

Start by using warm water to rinse any dirt or debris away from the injured tooth. If swelling is present, apply a cold compress to the injured area for 15 minutes. Find any pieces of the tooth that you can, and call us immediately to arrange an emergency visit.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Knocked Out Tooth - Indy Dental Solutions

If you have a knocked out tooth, carefully pick it up, taking care to touch only the top of the tooth (don’t touch the root). If necessary, gently rinse it clean with running water, but do not scrub or scrape the tooth. If the tooth is not broken or cracked, carefully reinsert it in its socket and hold it in place by biting down gently on a clean, small piece of gauze or cloth. If you’re unable to reinsert the tooth, place it in a cup of milk to prevent drying, and call us right away to arrange an emergency visit. Time is of the essence, so act quickly!

Cut or Bitten Lip or Inner Cheek

Cut or Bitten Lip or Inner Cheek - Indy Dental Solutions

While the cut is bleeding, apply gentle pressure with clean gauze or cloth. Also apply wrapped ice directly to the lip or to the exterior of the cheek. If the bleeding does not stop after 15 minutes or if it can’t be controlled by pressure, go to the nearest emergency room or urgent care center.

Injured or Broken Jaw

Injured or Broken Jaw - Indy Dental Solutions

Try to keep the jaw from moving by wrapping a towel, tie, or handkerchief around your head so that it’s tied under the chin. Get to your nearest emergency room or urgent care center as soon as possible.

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