Emergency Care Info
Emergency dental care is an important part of our patient services. Dr. Kote makes it a priority to deal with dental emergencies promptly to ensure proper care and comfort. If you experience an injury to the mouth, teeth, gums, or any severe pain or discomfort, please immediately contact our dental office at (865) 984-6193 to schedule an appointment.
If your emergency occurs when our Maryville dental office is closed and you are a patient of record, call (865) 984-6193 and listen for instructions.
What constitutes a dental emergency?
If it hurts, it is an emergency. This is because even injuries that seem small can affect the living tissues inside the teeth. Any perceived damage to the tooth, whether it hurts or not, should also be reported. Chips or fractures of the teeth can affect the living tissue inside the tooth causing additional problems in the future. Dental emergencies also include any conditions that cause swelling or bleeding.
Self-Care Instructions for common dental emergencies:
Abscesses are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. Abscesses are a serious condition that can damage tissue and surrounding teeth, with the infection possibly spreading to other parts of the body if left untreated.
Because of the serious oral health and general health problems that can result from an abscess, see your dentist as soon as possible if you discover a pimple-like swelling on your gum that usually is painful. In the meantime, to ease the pain and draw the pus toward the surface, try rinsing your mouth with a mild salt water solution (1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day.
Injuries to the soft tissues, which include the tongue, cheeks, gums, and lips, can result in bleeding. To control the bleeding, here’s what to do:
Rinse your mouth with a mild salt-water solution.
Use a moistened piece of gauze or tea bag to apply pressure to the bleeding site. Hold in place for 15 to 20 minutes.
To both control bleeding and relieve pain, hold a cold compress to the outside of the mouth or cheek in the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes.
If the bleeding doesn’t stop, see your dentist right away or go to a hospital emergency room. Continue to apply pressure on the bleeding site with the gauze until you can be seen and treated.