Emergencies

Emergencies

Please call our office to discuss your dental emergency. If our office is closed, you will be instructed how to reach Dr. Bird or a staff member. Many dental emergencies can wait until your next appointment or until the office reopens.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth

Pick up the tooth by the crown only if possible – do not touch the root. Gently rinse if necessary and replace in the socket. If the tooth cannot be reinserted, place it in a cup of milk. Time is essential in this emergency, so call us or see another dentist immediately!

Knocked Out Baby Tooth

Do not replace this tooth in the socket. Stop the bleeding by biting on gauze or a tea bag. Take acetaminophen as needed. Call our office.

Toothache

Begin by cleaning around the sore tooth and rinsing with warm salt water to displace any trapped food. For temporary pain relief, acetaminophen or ibuprofen is recommended if your child can tolerate these pain medicines. In the event of facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area and call our office.

Broken Tooth

Recover any broken tooth pieces if possible. Call our office.

Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out

Bite tightly on a folded piece of gauze or tea bag to stop the bleeding.

*If you are a patient of record and you call our office outside of regular business hours (Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm), the voicemail will direct you to call (704)989-8081(704)989-8081. Please leave a message including your child's name, the nature of the emergency and phone number where you can be reached. A member of our staff will return your call as soon as possible.