1205 SE Professional Mall Blvd., Suite #202
Pullman, WA 99163
Phone: 509-332-8084          Fax: 509-332-6380

EMERGENCY CARE


We recently helped this patient who fell and broke her tooth on some stairs. She found the broken piece and placed it in sterile saline (contact lens) solution, allowing us to successfully repair it when she called us the next day. Although this tooth may require additional treatment, several weeks later, the tooth remains fully vital and functional, and the prognosis is very good. 

We know emergencies can be scary and painful. Please call our office at (509) 332-8084 or after hours call Dr. McInturff at home at (509) 334-0564.


Knocked-out tooth:   Retrieve the tooth; hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth). Do not scrub it or remove any attached tissue fragments. Put the tooth in saline solution (contact lens solution or artificial tears work well) or milk. A product containing cell growth medium, such as Save-a-Tooth is also ideal. In all cases, call us as soon as possible. If the tooth can be returned to the socket within 1 hour of being knocked out it has the best chance of survival. In case of a traumatic injury that includes soft tissue or bone injuries, proceed to the nearest emergency clinic for an evaluation by a physician.

 

Loose or injured tooth:   Apply a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area and call us as soon as possible. If there is significant bleeding around a tooth, you may use a clean gauze compress to the area. If a tooth has been fractured partly off, put the tooth fragment in a sterile saline solution (contact lens solution or artificial tears work well). Call us right away. At first it may be extremely sensitive to cold air or water, so try to minimize exposure to the cold until you can be seen.


Lost crown:  If a crown falls off, make an appointment to see us as soon as possible and bring the crown with you. If possible, slip the crown back over the tooth. Do not use super glue! Do not leave the loose crown on your tooth overnight or when sleeping! Don’t eat with a loose crown!


Abscess:  Call us as soon as possible if you suspect you have a dental infection. Symptoms may include visible swelling, pressure, pain, redness, drainage, and fever. A dental infection is a serious health risk. If you are unable to call or come in, contact an urgent care clinic or physician for evaluation and possible antibiotic therapy. It may take 12-24 hours for an antibiotic to reach effective levels around a tooth, so don’t delay.