Having A Dental Emergency? Call Us Now So We Can Help

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Your teeth and jaw muscles are very strong. They withstand incredible pressure every time you bite down and chew, and you do that a lot each day. Just because they are strong, however, does not mean they are indestructible. Accidents and injuries can happen at almost any time. If you are having dental emergencies right now, call our trusted Jeffersonville, Indiana dentist immediately at 812-406-0914. We can then help you figure out what to do next.

Know A Dental Emergency When It Happens

If you are trying to decide if your particular problem counts as a dental emergency, you are not alone. Many people do not want to panic needlessly. While every situation is different, here are some scenarios that are definitely dental emergencies:

  • You have severe pain in or around a tooth, and over-the-counter pain medicine is not helping
  • You managed to cut your tongue, gums, or inner cheeks from an accident or injury
  • You have a tooth that is cracked but still together
  • You have a tooth that is broken
  • You had an accident that knocked one of your teeth loose or even out
  • Those are not the only cases, of course. If you are unsure, call our Jeffersonville, Indiana dentist office.

Make An Emergency Appointment

If you are having dental emergencies, you will probably need an emergency appointment. If you can call us at 812-406-0914 before 9:30 a.m. during our working hours, you will definitely be seen that day. You are always welcome to call after that time, and we will do our best to get you seen by top-notch Jeffersonville, Indiana dentist Dr. Kirchner.

Be Prepared For An Emergency

By their very nature, it’s hard to prepare for dental emergencies. However, there are a few things you can do.

  • Wear an athletic mouthguard. Most dental emergencies happen when playing active sports like football, basketball, or even riding a bike. We offer customized athletic mouthguards. These will fit comfortably over your teeth. If you have an accident, the mouthguard will help protect your teeth from severe damage.
  • Put together a dental emergency kit. In a small box or container, put in a bottle of clean water, some sterile gauze, a small container for lost teeth, and a slip of paper with our address and phone number listed on it.

Care For Yourself Until Your Appointment

If you can call us before 9:30 a.m., we will definitely see you that day. And we’ll always try to fit you in no matter when you call. But there are things you can do until you can be seen for an emergency appointment. Of course, this depends somewhat on your particular problem.

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  • If you are bleeding, use a sterile gauze or a clean towel and apply direct pressure on the wound. This should stop it. If the bleeding cannot be stopped, visit your local emergency room immediately. That is the biggest concern at that point.
  • If you are in pain, you can take some over-the-counter pain relievers as indicated on the bottle. However, do not take anything with aspirin. This thins your blood and makes it harder to clot. That means any bleeding will be more likely to continue.
  • If a tooth has been cracked or knocked loose, try your best to leave it alone. Moving it could cause you pain, so avoid the temptation of using your tongue to move it around.
  • If a tooth has broken or been knocked out, gently rinse off the tooth or broken piece. Then put it in a small container. Something that seals is best, but a small cup will work just fine. Add enough water or milk to completely submerge it. This keeps the tooth moist like normal and can help it survive the process.

Again, call us today at 812-406-0914 if you are having dental emergencies.

Tracy R.

I come in here and I was a nervous wreck. I hadn't been to a dentist in years because of finances and because I was told at 18 years old that my teeth were going to rot from the inside out and there was nothing they could do, so I gave up on my mouth. I was told that and I gave up. I come in and he ...