Emergency dental care
Dental care doesn’t care what time or place it crops up. Emergency dental care can happen at just about any time. If you have broken a tooth or are in immense pain you should contact our office. Pain is the body’s way of saying something is wrong. Whether you go to the dentist on a regular basis or don’t ever see one, anyone can be affected by an emergency. This is why it is important that you understand and know your dentists’ procedures. Familiarize yourself with the types of services they consider to be an emergency. Be sure that you take good care of your teeth and brush and floss often. By keeping them clean you are doing yourself a favor and helping improve your teeth’ ability to fight off decay.
Some Basic First Steps
We don’t expect you to have this memorized. But if you find yourself on this page with tooth pain, we hope that we can offer some suggestions to ensure that you are comfortable during the first stages of tooth pain. If you are experiencing some pain and don’t know why you might want to try some of these steps to see if they help.
Toothache/Tooth Decay This is the most common reason for a dental emergency. This typically happens more to people that don’t attend a dentist on a regular basis. If you have slight tooth pain, try taking an over the counter medication. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water and try to floss in the area to see if there is any food that is aggravating the tooth or gums. If the pain continues or gets worse, then you should probably contact your emergency dentist to ensure you don’t need a root canal or have a serious infection.
Knocked out Tooth If you have a tooth knocked out it is really important to keep that tooth moist. This can be done by putting the tooth back into the socket or soaking it in a glass of unflavored milk. You can also put it between your other teeth and cheek. Use an ice pack on your face to help contain the swelling. Call the emergency dentist immediately.
Chipped or Broken Tooth Rinse your mouth with warm salt water. This is a natural antiseptic that will help contain the germs that could cause an infection. Save all the pieces if you can and put an ice pack on your face to help with swelling. Call our emergency dentist immediately.
Regular visits to your Dentist
Some of these emergencies cannot be avoided. However, you can avoid having a dental emergency. Having your teeth properly cleaned and inspected according to your dentist will vastly reduce the amount of dental emergencies that you have. This will ensure that your cavities are found early and repaired before they get too far. This will help you stay happy and healthy.
We hope that our tips will help you get through your dental emergency. We are certain that if you have a dental emergency you now know what steps to take first.