Appointments & Dental Emergencies
A visit to Western Heights Dental can be a positive, life -altering experience. We focus on building relationships with our patients and we find that many patients love to come to here for their dental health check ups because of our loving team of Doctors, Assistants, Hygienist and Front Office teams. We try to schedule as few appointments as necessary to complete you or your child’s treatment. We strive daily to stay on schedule with our patients, however, with a practice that supports many counties in and around Knoxville, we also care for several emergency patients a day. When you are an established patient here, you are our number one priority. However, if you call for an emergency, you will be worked into our daily schedule. We try very hard to treat our emergency patients when they are in need. We also see patients for many different types of appointments, so a patient that arrives after you may be called back before you for a different procedure than you or even a different doctor. We do schedule appointments by time as well as by procedures.
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 Western Heights Dental. Do not place aspirin or heat on the gum or on the aching tooth. If the face is swollen, apply cold compresses and contact Western Heights Dental 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 water only. DO NOT clean with soap, scrub or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Inspect the tooth for fractures. If it is sound, try to reinsert it in the socket. Have the patient hold the tooth in place by biting on a gauze. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, transport the tooth in a cup containing the patient’s saliva or milk. If the patient is old enough, the tooth may also be carried in the patient’s mouth (beside the cheek). The patient must see a dentist IMMEDIATELY! Time is a critical factor in saving the tooth.
Knocked Out Baby Tooth: Contact Western Heights Dental during business hours. This is not usually an emergency, and in most cases, no treatment is necessary.
Chipped or Fractured Permanent Tooth: Contact Western Heights Dental 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 dental appointment.
Chipped or Fractured Baby Tooth: Contact Western Heights Dental
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.