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At Christiansburg Dental, Dr. Miller Lewis and Dr. David Kelly offer dental emergency services for our patients in Christiansburg, Virginia and the neighboring communities of Blacksburg, Merrimac, and Radford, Virginia. We know emergencies can happen to anyone, anytime, and their unpredictable nature can cause unnecessary stress. Today, we would like to review three common injuries that can affect your smile, and how to handle them until you can be seen.

Lost filling: If one of your dental fillings has fallen out, you can temporarily place a stick of sugarless chewing gum onto the cavity. You want to make sure the gum is sugarless because gum with sugar will cause further pain. If you don’t have access to sugarless gum, you can use over-the-counter dental cement; just follow the instructions on the packaging and call our office to get you in as soon as possible.

Abscess: If you have an abscess (infection) around a tooth root or in the area between the teeth and gums this is a serious condition. An abscess can harm the tissue and surrounding teeth and even spread to other areas of the body unless it is treated. Notify our office as soon as possible so that we can see you. If your abscess includes a painful swelling on the gum that looks like a pimple, you can rinse the mouth with salt water. Just mix 1/2 teaspoon of regular salt in 8 oz. of water and rinse your mouth a few times a day until you are seen. This should help with both the pain and the swelling.

Soft-tissue injury: If you experience an injury to the cheeks, gums, lips or tongue that results in bleeding, you can do the following to help the bleeding stop:

1- Using a mild salt water rinse (see above) rinse your mouth gently.

2- Apply pressure to the area by placing a tea bag or some gauze on the area. Keep it in place for 15-20 minutes if possible. If you are experiencing pain as well, you can place a cold compress on the outside of the area for 5-10 minutes.

3- If the bleeding persists, contact us immediately to be seen or visit your emergency room. Keep the pressure on the bleeding area with the gauze or tea bag until you are treated.

At Christiansburg Dental, Dr. Miller Lewis and Dr. David Kelly are here to help you with your oral emergencies in Christiansburg, Virginia, and the surrounding communities. Please give us a call at 540-257-6995 if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to helping you with all of your smile care needs!