Emergency Info

Our Little Rock Dentist is Here for You to Help With Emergencies

Dr. Windham and his team understand that having a dental emergency is something nobody wants to go through. However, even if you take very good care of your teeth and consider yourself someone who always plays it safe, accidents and injuries can happen at any time.

Please call our office right away to request an emergency visit if you experience a severe toothache, knock out a tooth, or badly damage your teeth. We’ll do our best to quickly work you into our schedule so you can get the dental care you need to put your life back on track. If you experience severe bleeding or have an emergency that’s beyond the scope of dental care, head to the nearest emergency room for assistance.

Some situations can be taken care of by following a few simple tips. While these suggestions don’t solve all problems, they do offer first-aid care until you come in to see Dr. Windham or visit your local emergency room.

Knocked Out Tooth

Dental injury.If you’ve knocked out a permanent (adult) tooth, pick up the tooth without touching the root and rinse it off gently under water to remove debris. If possible, place the tooth back in the socket, facing the right way and hold it in place while you rush to our office or an emergency room. If you can’t put the tooth back in the socket, tuck it between your cheek and gum or carry it in a container of milk.

Partially Knocked Out Tooth

If a tooth has been partially knocked out of place or been loosened, it’s important to visit your dentist in Little Rock right away as you only have about six hours to save the tooth. However, if you have uncontrollable bleeding, you need to head to the nearest emergency room immediately to bring the bleeding under control.

Chipped Tooth

Tooth Pain.Chipped teeth are the most common traumatic dental injuries. If you chip a tooth, try to find the piece that came off because it may be possible to reattach it. Then contact us for an appointment and be sure to bring the chipped piece with you.

Tooth Pain

When you have acute or persistent tooth pain, you need urgent care from your Little Rock dentist. It’s possible that your pain is caused by tooth decay which is a bacterial infection that can quickly spread throughout the tooth and even into the gum tissue. Sometimes tooth pain indicates that a root canal treatment is needed due to an infection deep inside the tooth. The only way to find out for sure what’s causing your pain is to call us right away so Dr. Windham can provide you with an exam.

Gum & Soft Tissue Emergencies

Infections and injuries of the gums and soft tissues of the mouth may need emergency treatment. Whether you’ve accidentally bitten the inside of your mouth or tongue, suffered a sports injury that’s damaged your mouth or burned the inside of mouth with a scalding hot beverage, you could be in some significant pain. One of the most serious gum emergencies is an abscess or pus-filled sac that develops on the gum tissue caused by an infection. If you have an abscess, contact your Little Rock dentist right away for an emergency appointment as there’s no time to waste!

Any injury to the soft tissues of the mouth should be rinsed with diluted salt water. If you see some debris in the mouth, clear it away. If you are bleeding, press a clean damp cloth over the area and hold it in place for 10-15 minutes. If this doesn’t work, go directly to an emergency room.

If some type of foreign body has become lodged under the gum line, try to gently work it out with dental floss or a toothpick. If this doesn’t work, call our office to schedule an appointment so the area doesn’t become damaged and/or infected.

Orthodontic Emergencies

Even though wearing braces can be uncomfortable at times, there are only a few true orthodontic emergencies. These include:

- Trauma or injury to the teeth, face, or mouth
- Infection or swelling of the gums or face
- Severe, unmanageable pain of the teeth, face or mouth

All of these situations require immediate care from your treating orthodontist/dentist or emergency room – whichever is your best option.

Contact Your Dentist in Little Rock

At Tracy T. Windham DDS General Dentistry, we’re dedicated to providing your family with excellent dental care and personalized service. By following this guide, you should be able to properly handle any dental emergency you experience. Just remember not to ignore problems like pain, swelling, and bleeding as these all can be signs of serious problems with your teeth or gums.

We recommend storing our contact information in your smartphone so you can always reach us quickly if you need to see Dr. Windham for emergency treatment. If you have any questions or need some advice for handling a problem you encounter with your teeth or gums, please don’t hesitate to call our office at (501) 664-6888 for the help you need!

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