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You are watching your son or daughter play when of a sudden – WHAM! The little one has fallen and hit his or her mouth on the ground. One of his or her teeth has come out, and another one is loose.

What should you do when faced with this dental emergency?

If you live in or near Oregon City, you should call Pioneer Dental Group right away (503-388-4691). If you call after our regular office hours, your call will be forwarded to Dr. Pioch’s cell phone. He’ll tell you what to do and make arrangements to meet you as soon he can, usually the same day.

You may also want to know that we offer sedation dentistry to help you relax during your procedure.

How do I know if I’m having a dental emergency?

If you think it might be a dental emergency, you should treat it as one. Call us, and we will talk you through the best thing to do.

A dental emergency could occur in a situation like the one we described above. You or one of your children could lose a tooth while playing, during a collision in a football, basketball, or hockey game, or in an accident.

You could wake up with severe pain in your teeth or gums. If your pain continues, it’s a good sign you should get help sooner rather than later.

If you are bleeding from your gums or elsewhere in your mouth, and the bleeding doesn’t stop, you should definitely call us.

What to do until you can see the dentist?

Always try to see the dentist as soon as possible. Early treatment is often the best treatment.

Unfortunately, dental offices don’t have emergency rooms. Here are tips on what to do until you can meet your dentist in person:

If you have a toothache, get some dental floss. First try to remove food particles that may be stuck between your teeth and gum. Then, rinse with warm water. If the pain persists, call your dentist.

You can take an over-the-counter pain reliever. However, you should NOT put aspirin against your gums. This can burn your gum tissue.

If you have a chipped or broken tooth, try to find the piece that has broken off. If you find it, rinse it with warm water. If you are bleeding, rinse your mouth as well.

To prevent accidentally cutting your tongue or the inside of your mouth, put gauze or wax over your broken tooth.

If your tooth was knocked out, try to find the tooth first. If you do find it, pick it up by the crown, NOT the root. Rinse the tooth, and if possible, try to place it back in its socket.

If you cannot replace it, either hold the tooth in your mouth between your gum and cheek or put it in a glass of milk.

Another option is to find an emergency tooth preservation kit with an ADA Accepted Seal. This is like a first aid kit for your mouth. It includes a jar with a solution that can help preserve your tooth for up to 24 hours.

If you have a broken jaw, you should go to the dentist office or to the emergency room. This is high priority situation, and you should seek help as soon as possible.

At the dentist

If you call our office during our regular hours, we will see you the same day. Our regular hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

If you call outside our regular hours, your call will be forwarded to Dr. Pioch’s cell phone. He will be able to direct you on what to do, and he will make arrangements to meet you as soon as possible.

None of us can anticipate every possible emergency, but preventive care and actions can help. Brushing, flossing, and having regular dental cleanings reduce your risk of gum disease or tooth decay.

Wearing athletic mouthguards can’t stop every problem, but they can minimize the effects of collisions or impacts to your mouth. We can make these mouthguards for you.

Whether you are seeking emergency care or you need preventive treatment, call us today at 503-388-4691 to make an appointment. You can also use our online form to plan a visit to Pioneer Dental Group for your routine care.