If you or someone you know has experienced a traumatic dental injury and are in need of urgent care, our team at Grinview Smiles is equipped and ready to handle emergency cases the same day. If your life is in danger you should call 911 immediately, otherwise you should call us first at (817) 653-8881.
Should I go to the emergency room?
Do not go to the hospital – they are not trained or equipped to handle dental emergencies. You will have to wait as dental emergencies are considered “non-urgent” in the emergency room, and by the time you are seen it may be too late to save the tooth or teeth, and they will likely just refer you to an emergency dentist like Dr. Grier anyways. Call us first for your best chance at saving your smile!
Is this an emergency?
If you are unsure if your case qualifies as an emergency, here’s a list of some of the most common emergency cases we are happy to see:
Tooth knocked out
Signs of infection (pus in the mouth)
Severe bite to lips or tongue
Hole in the cheek or gums
Tooth knocked out?
If you’ve had a tooth knocked out, follow the steps below for the best chance at saving the tooth:
Pick up the tooth by the crown (the part that is usually visible), NOT the root. The tooth should be handled carefully to minimize damage to the root.
If dirty, gently rinse the tooth with water. Do not use soap or chemicals, do not dry the tooth or wrap in tissue or cloth.
Replace the tooth back into the socket immediately, if possible. The quicker this happens the greater chance we have of saving it. Make sure the tooth is facing the right direction. Hold the tooth in place with your fingers or by biting down gently.
If the tooth cannot be placed back in the socket, place it inside your mouth next to your cheek to keep it moist, or place in emergency tooth preservation liquid, or milk, NOT WATER.
If you or someone you know has experienced a traumatic dental emergency and is in need of urgent care, don’t wait until it’s too late. Call your Grandview emergency dentist and schedule an appointment – Dr. Michael Grier at Grinview Smiles – right away at (817) 653-8881.