Parker M Jarvis DDS
General Dentist
555 West Schrock Road Suite 120 = Westerville = OH 43081 = (614) 882-5208

Emergency Care  

Dental emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, from tooth aches to broken teeth. If you have a dental emergency, call your dentist. Their office will be able to advise you what remedies need to be taken and if the patient needs to be seen by the dentist.

Possible Emergencies
Toothache: If face is swollen, take the patient to the dentist immediately. In the event of a toothache, clean the area around the affected tooth thoroughly. Rinse the mouth by vigorously swishing with warm water or use dental floss to dislodge debris or impacted food. DO NOT place aspirin on the gum or on the aching tooth. This will cause more irritation. Call your dentist's office to explain the symptoms
and to schedule an appointment.

Broken Tooth: Immediate dental attention is necessary. Rinse any dirt from the injured area. Place a cold compress over the face covering the area of the injury.

Knocked Out Permanent Tooth: Patient must be seen by a dentist immediately. The first 30 minutes after the accident are critical. You may rinse the tooth for 10 seconds, but DO NOT scrub or handle the tooth unnecessarily. Transport the tooth in a cup of water or milk. If neither are available, the patient (if old enough) can hold the tooth under their tongue until they get to the dentist's office. Time is a critical factor in being able to save the tooth.


Four points to remember:
1. Keep Calm
2. Act Quickly
3. Keep Tooth Moist
4. See Dentist Immediately

Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek: If cut is large or deep, or if the bleeding does not stop within 15 minutes, take the patient to the hospital emergency room.

Apply ice to the bruised area(s). If there is bleeding apply firm but gentle pressure with clean gauze or cloth. Call you dentist.

Broken Braces and Wires: If a wire is stuck in the cheek, gums or tongue, take the patient to see the dentist immediately.

If an appliance is broken and can be removed EASILY, take it out. If it cannot be easily removed, cover the sharp or protruding portion with cotton balls, gauze, soft chewing gum or wax, then call the dentist to explain the situation.

Fractured Jaw: Go to the hospital emergency room immediately.

If a fractured jaw is suspected, immobilize the jaw using a handkerchief, towel, length of nylon pantyhose or length of gauze tied at the top of the head. Go to the hospital emergency room immediately. Teeth may be involved, a follow-up visit with the dentist can be made once the patient has been treated at the hospital.

Canker Sores and Cold Sores: Many patients suffer on occasion from cold sores and canker sores. For symptomatic relief, check with your pharmacist who will be able to recommend over the counter remedies to bring relief. If the sores persist, consult your dentist to have the condition evaluated.

Excessive Bleeding When a Child Looses a Baby Tooth: If there is bleeding when a child looses a baby tooth, have the child bite with firm pressure on a folded gauze square for 15 minutes. If the bleeding does not stop, try a second time for 15 minutes with new gauze. Gently remove gauze, if bleeding stops have child be very careful in the area where the tooth was lost. No probing with tongue, or touching for the rest of the day. Do not brush in that area for a day and don't use a straw to drink for a day. If bleeding does not stop, call your dentist.


Emergency Care
In Westerville Ohio and the surrounding
Columbus - New Albany - Gahanna - Worthington OH areas.

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Dr. Jarvis is licensed to perform all listed services as a general dentist. This provider is not a specialist in family, crowns,
gum disease, sedation, prosthodontics, orthodontics, endodontics, cosmetic, whitening, implants and non-specialty interest
areas that require no specific educational training to advertise this service.