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(863) 357-7338

2029 HWY 441 North

Okeechobee, FL 34972

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Emergencies

After Hours Phone Number

Okeechobee
Phone: (863) 357-7338

Sebring
Phone: (863) 382-0340

 

Knowing what to do during a dental emergency can mean the difference between keeping and losing a tooth. First, remain calm, and then try following these suggestions to common dental emergencies!

If your child is unconscious, vomiting, or bleeding excessively call 911 immediately or go directly to your nearest hospital. If the trauma is strictly dental related then please contact our office.

Avulsed Tooth (Loss / Knocked Out Tooth)

Baby Tooth: A baby tooth should NEVER be replaced! Replacing a baby tooth can damage the adult tooth that is forming in your child’s mouth.

Permanent Tooth: If a permanent tooth has been knocked out, it needs to be replaced immediately. First, it needs to be cleaned by holding the tooth by the non-root portion and placing it under running water. Do NOT scrub the root surface. Follow this by immediately replacing the tooth in the socket. The sooner this is done, the better, since the tissues that attach teeth to bone dry out and die very quickly. If the tooth is replaced within 30 minutes, it has a greater chance of reattaching itself. If you are unsure of which direction the tooth goes please skip these steps and call us immediately! Once the tooth is back in the socket, have your child bite down normally to ensure that the tooth has gone back into its proper position. If the tooth cannot be replaced immediately, it should be placed in cold milk. If cold milk isn’t available, store it in the child’s mouth between their cheek and teeth if you are certain the child will not swallow the tooth. Please call our office immediately! Please utilize our emergency number if it is after hours.

Tooth Ache

Clean the area of the tooth that is aching. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be lodged causing the ache. Help your child stay comfortable by using Tylenol. Minimizing the use of topical gels like Oragel as they can damage gum tissue and are not very effective at controlling discomfort. Please call our office to schedule an appointment.

If your child’s face is swollen, apply cold compresses and contact our office immediately! Please utilize the emergency number if it is after hours!

Broken Tooth (Adult or Baby)

See your dentist as soon as possible to avoid infection and possible extensive dental treatment in the future. Clean the mouth out by rinsing gently with warm water. Apply a cold compress to help reduce the swelling. If you can find the broken tooth piece bring it into the office with you. Please call our office to schedule an evaluation.

Make sure you look at the portion of the tooth that is fractured. If you see bleeding or an area of red on the fractured area it could mean the nerve has been exposed. Please call our office immediately and utilize the emergency number if it is after hours.

Bite of the Lip / Tongue

Clean any blood from the area with a damp cloth. Apply a cold compress with pressure to reduce swelling and bleeding. Most lacerations will stop bleeding within 5 minutes. If the area continues to bleed severely go to your nearest hospital.

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