Accidents and dental problems happen, usually at the worst possible time — and if you’ve had an injury to your teeth, mouth or jaw, you need to call or see us right away. Putting off dental treatment from a dental emergency only increases the risk of more damage later, which could translate into more extensive and expensive treatment down the road. So whether you’re suffering from a broken tooth, have lost a filling or have a toothache, don’t put off treatment for your dental emergency another day.

Bitten Lip or Tongue — Clean the area and apply an ice pack to reduce swelling. If the bleeding doesn't stop, call Dr. Lori Holcomb right away or go to a hospital emergency room.

Broken Tooth — First of all, don’t panic. Usually these teeth are not very painful except, if there is a sharp edge that needs to be smoothed. Save any pieces of the broken tooth and rinse your mouth out with warm water then, call West Olive Dental.

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 us right away. Timing is extremely important in these emergencies.

Object Stuck in Teeth — Carefully try to remove the object with dental floss or by brushing. (Don't try using a sharp instrument instead!) If you're unable to dislodge the object, contact Dr. Holcomb.

Toothache — Rinse your mouth out with warm water. Then brush and floss to make sure there isn't any food or other debris causing the pain. If the pain persists, call  West Olive Dental for an emergency appointment.

Lost Dental Filling or Dental Crown — For dental fillings, seal the area with a piece of orthodontic wax or over-the-counter dental temporary paste. If a dental crown has come loose, take it out of your mouth so you don’t swallow it, call us and remember to bring the crown in.

Dental Abscess — If you notice a painful, pimple-like swelling on your gums, rinse with salt water and immediately contact West Olive Dental. Dental abscesses can lead to more serious infections if not treated promptly.