Emergency Numbers
Office: 1-803-534-2931
Alternative: 1-803-682-3572

There are a number of simple precautions you can take to avoid accidents and injuries to your teeth. One way to reduce the chances of damage to your teeth, lips, cheek and tongue is to wear a mouth guard when participating in sports or recreational activities that may pose a risk. Avoid chewing ice, popcorn kernels and hard candy, all of which can crack a tooth. Cut tape using scissors rather than your teeth.

Accidents do happen, and knowing what to do when one occurs can mean the difference between saving and losing a tooth.
Bitten Lip or Tongue
Clean the area gently with a cloth and apply cold compresses to reduce any swelling. If the bleeding does not stop call Dr. Salley's office or go to the emergency room immediately.
Broken Tooth
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean the area. Use cold compresses on the area to keep any swelling down. Call Dr. Salley at 803-534-2931.
Jaw - Possibly Broken
Apply cold compresses to control swelling. Call Dr. Salley at the number above or go immediately to the nearest hospital.
Knocked Out Tooth
Hold the tooth by the crown and rinse off the root of the tooth in water if it is dirty. Do not scrub it or remove attached tissue fragments. If possible, gently insert and hold the tooth in its socket. If that isn't possible, put the tooth in a cup of milk and get to Dr. Salley's office as quickly as possible. Remember to bring the tooth with you!
Objects Caught Between Teeth
Try to gently remove the object with dental floss; avoid cutting the gums. Never use a sharp instrument to remove any object that is stuck between your teeth. If you can't dislodge the object using dental floss, contact Dr. Salley.
Dental Implants
Modern dental implants allow us to recreate your natural smile. The procedures can eliminate unsightly gaps, improve speech, aid in your chewing ability, and eliminate sagging which can result from missing teeth. Contact us today to learn more about dental implants. Implants are now the standard of care for tooth replacement.
Rinse your mouth with warm water to clean it out. Gently use dental floss or an interdental cleaner to ensure that there is no food or other debris caught between the teeth. Never put aspirin or any other painkiller against the gums near the aching tooth because it may burn the gum tissue. If the pain persists, contact Dr. Salley.

Open Monday - Thursday:
8:30 -1:00; 2:00 -5:00
924 Bennett St.
Orangeburg, SC 29115
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924 Bennett St., Orangeburg, SC 29115