Dental Emergency in Columbia, SC

Pediatric Dental Emergency

Toothache: Clean the area of the affected tooth. Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm water, or use dental floss to dislodge any food that may be impacted. If the pain still exists, contact our office. Do not place aspirin or heat on the gums or on the aching tooth. If the face is swollen, apply cold compresses, and contact our office immediately.

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip, or Cheek: Apply ice to injured areas to help control swelling. If there is bleeding, apply firm but gentle pressure with a gauze or cloth. If bleeding cannot be controlled by simple pressure, call a doctor or visit the hospital emergency room.

Knocked-out Permanent Tooth: If possible, find the tooth. Handle it by the crown, not by the root. You may rinse the tooth with cold water only. DO NOT clean with soap and do not scrub or handle the tooth unnecessarily. If it is sound, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a gauze or handkerchief. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk. The patient must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth. If there is access to a tooth preservation product such as Hanks Balanced Storage Medium that can preferably be used.

Knocked-out Baby Tooth: Contact your pediatric dentist during business hours. This is not usually an emergency, and in most cases, no treatment is necessary.

Chipped or Fractured Permanent Tooth: Contact your pediatric dentist immediately. Quick action can save the tooth, prevent infection, and reduce the need for extensive dental treatment. Rinse the mouth with water, and apply cold compresses to reduce swelling. If possible, locate and save any broken tooth fragments and bring them with you to the dentist.

Chipped or Fractured Baby Tooth: Contact your pediatric dentist.

Severe Blow to the Head: Take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room immediately.

Possible Broken or Fractured Jaw: Keep the jaw from moving, and take your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.

General Dental Emergency

If in need of emergency dental care, please don’t hesitate to call Drs. Ellis, Green and Jenkins at 803-788-9593!

Extreme tooth and mouth pain is nothing to be ignored, especially when relief is a just a phone call away. At Drs. Ellis, Green and Jenkins, we can address your emergency dental needs.

Several factors can cause the need for emergency care, including:

  • Swollen gums
  • Infected gums
  • General tooth decay
  • Abscessed teeth

Damage such as broken dentures, lost crowns, chipped teeth, loose fillings, etc. should be addressed as soon as possible.
Leaving issues such as these untreated can progressively contribute to poor oral health, which can cause serious health issues. Please call our office to help you address your dental needs!