Know How to Handle a Dental Emergency
We don’t like to think about it, but emergencies happen all the time. You never know when something can go terribly wrong, which is why we encourage our patients to be prepared for dental emergencies so that if anything should happen, you know exactly what to do! Once the situation is under control, you can call our office. Even if we aren’t in, you will be provided with another number to get help immediately.
A Sore Tooth – A sore, throbbing pain in your tooth could be many things. To ease the discomfort, take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Try to avoid using that tooth to chew, and rinse with salt water. We will definitely want to see you as soon as possible.
A Broken Appliance – Things happen to the dental appliances we place in your mouth. Crowns, bridges, etc can become damaged. Keep a small tube of denture adhesive in your home so that you can temporarily repair an appliance until you can get into the office.
A Knocked-Out Tooth – The most frightening emergency is a broken or knocked-out tooth. Pick up the tooth by the crown and rinse away any debris. Put the piece in the cheek of the injured patient (or in a cup of milk) and get to the office as quickly as you can!
Try to tuck these pieces of information away in your mind so that if you ever find yourself in a similar situation, you’ll know what to do! Remember, we are always just a phone call away, even when we aren’t in the office! Contact us today to set up an appointment or let us know what questions you have regarding dental emergencies. We would love to hear from you very soon!