Emergency Dental Services in Columbus, GA
If you are experiencing a dental emergency and it is during regular office hours, contact us at 706-324-6441. If your emergency is taking place after office hours, please call the office at the same phone number to reach our answering service for further instruction.
We understand that dental emergency situations do arise and our staff will strive to respond to you as quickly as possible. We set aside special times throughout the day to treat patients with emergency dental needs. If possible, please call our office early in the morning so that we can work you into our schedule.
It is important to not ignore or put off seeing a dentist in a dental emergency so you can avoid permanent or costly damage. Common dental emergencies are toothaches, avulsed (or “knocked out”) teeth, broken teeth, fillings, or crowns, and dental abscesses that result in oral and maxillofacial swelling.
What To Do In A Dental Emergency
Toothache – The first step is to contact us as soon as possible for evaluation and treatment – Do not put off addressing the problem, as the toothache could worsen to a serious infection and/or swelling. Use over the counter medications such as Ibuprofen, Tylenol (Acetaminophen), or Aspirin as recommended to help with discomfort. Do not apply painkillers directly to the gums or aching tooth as they may burn the gum tissue. Try flossing to remove any lodged food or rinsing your mouth with warm water. If there is swelling, a cold compress may be applied to the outside of the mouth or cheek.
Knocked out tooth – Whenever possible, find the tooth and bring it with you – it will help tremendously to evaluate the situation and determine treatment (If you cannot find the tooth, be sure to tell the dentist this, too). Be careful to hold the tooth by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth). Store the tooth in cold milk or sterile saline (avoid using tap water). Avoid any scrubbing or vigorous rinsing of the tooth. Contact our office immediately, as knocked out teeth have the highest survival rate if they are returned to the socket within one hour of being knocked out. If you are unable to get to the office within an hour, attempt to re-plant the tooth yourself and proceed to our office ASAP at 2514 Warm Springs Rd in Columbus.
Broken Tooth or Lost Filling or Dental Crown – Do not attempt to use glue to replace your filling or dental crown. In some situations, a crown can be temporarily re-inserted at home with toothpaste or other over-the-counter temporary dental cement until you can get to the dental office. Contact us as soon as possible for evaluation and treatment. You may take a pain reliever such as Ibuprofen, Tylenol (Acetaminophen), or Aspirin to help ease discomfort.
Abscess – An abscess is a serious conditions that can spread infection to the rest of your body if left untreated. Call us immediately for evaluation and treatment. To ease discomfort, you may rinse with warm salt water and use Ibuprofen, Tylenol, (Acetaminophen), or Aspirin as directed.