In an Emergency
In the event of an Emergency, please follow these instructions:
Toothache - No Swelling
Toothache with no swelling often indicates that the pulp of the tooth has been damaged. (See Endodontics) Take a pain medication such as Advil, Tylenol or Aspirin. Avoid chewing in the sore area and avoid hot and cold foods. If the tooth is sensitive to cold or sweets, application of Oil of Cloves ( pharmacy) or toothache drops may provide temporary relief. DO NOT apply aspirin directly to the toothache site, this will cause a burn of the gum tissues that can be serious. Contact your General Dentist immediately for referral to Dr. Kaufmann. If you are a patient of Dr. Kaufmann in mid-treatment or if you have had treatment recently completed, call 783-2971(24 hrs).
Toothache with Swelling
Toothache will swelling generally indicates an abscessed tooth or infection. Take analgesic medication such as Advil, Tylenol or Aspirin. Avoid chewing in the sore area. DO NOT apply aspirin directly to the toothache site, this will cause a burn of the gum tissues that can be serious. DO NOT apply heat to outside of the face because this will increase the swelling. You may apply ice packs to the outside of the face. If you have not yet seen Dr. Kaufmann, call your dentist for an antibiotic prescription and stronger analgesics if they are necessary. Please remember to indicate any allergies. If you are a patient of Dr. Kaufmann in mid-treatment or if you have had treatment recently completed, call 783-2971(24 hrs). You will be given further instructions.
Patients with toothache not requiring immediate attention
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Kaufmann by calling his office and leaving a message requesting an emergency appointment. During office hours (depending on scheduling) you may be asked to come to the office immediately. Out of normal office hours, you will be called shortly after 9 a.m. the next business day. Emergency Patients are generally seen that morning.
REMEMBER : Early intervention and interception of pulpal problems is the key to uneventful endodontic treatment. Delaying treatment until symptoms are out of control may result in lengthened treatment time, difficulties with anesthesia, possible complications and discomfort. Do not wait. Pulpal problems do not get better on their own.
Fractured, cracked or broken teeth should be examined by your General Dentist to see if referral to Dr. Kaufmann is in order. If the tooth has been completely knocked out of the mouth, find the tooth and handle it only by the crown (top part). Rinse under tap water to remove any surface dirt. Do not scrape or handle the tooth surface. Try to place the tooth immediately back in the socket area. This is important. The sooner the tooth is replaced, the better chance the tooth has of being retained. The best prognosis is obtained when the tooth is replanted WITHIN 30 MINUTES. After this time the prognosis drops dramatically. Phone your dentist or locate the nearest dentist and see them immediately. This may not be your own dentist. If you cannot replace the tooth in the mouth, place the tooth under your tongue or on the inside part of the cheek (to keep it moist with saliva) and proceed immediately to the dentist. DO NOT STORE IT IN WATER . Time is critical, the tooth should be replanted within 30 minutes for best results. You will be given further instructions by the dentist.