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Dental emergencies typically fall into two categories. There are the cases where an individual hasn’t been taking proper care of their oral health, therefore resulting in extensive tooth decay or gum disease. And then there are dental injuries that typically occur while playing sports and not wearing proper protection or because of a bad fall. If there’s one thing that’s for sure, it’s that both of these cases require professional intervention to effectively treat. Contact our office today to speak with Dr. Brong or any of his knowledgeable team members today!
How to Handle Common Dental Emergencies
Before you begin addressing any dental emergency, it’s important that you contact our office directly and speak with an available team member. This way, you can schedule an appointment, ideally for the same day, and we can provide you advice for your issue. Until then, here’s what you should do before your emergency appointment.
A toothache could be a result of several different issues, including decay, infection or even just a piece of food caught between your aching tooth and another tooth. Before calling us, make sure to floss around the tooth to make sure no food is caught. If pain continues, take an over-the-counter painkiller like ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce discomfort, then call our office. Depending on the extent of the damage, a filling or crown may be enough to restore the tooth.
If a tooth is chipped or broken, try to locate any pieces of your missing tooth and keep them in a small container. If your tooth doesn’t hurt, you can wait until normal business hours to have it examined. If you experience pain or the crack extends below the gum line, contact our office right away. Gently rinse your mouth out with warm water and apply a cold compress to your cheek to reduce swelling. An X-ray will be needed to confirm if a crown or root canal is needed.
If a tooth is knocked-out, perform the following:
- Pick up the tooth by the crown, making sure not to touch the root or remove any tissue still attached
- Gently rinse the tooth of all dirt or debris
- Attempt to place the tooth in the socket to keep it preserved
- If not possible, place the tooth in a container of milk, saltwater or saliva until you get to our office
If a filling or crown has come loose or fallen off, use dental cement, denture adhesive or petroleum jelly to reseat it until you get to our office. Apply a small amount of clove oil to the affected tooth prior to reseating to relieve any pain beforehand.
How to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Thankfully, there are ways to prevent dental emergencies from occurring in the first place. When plain in contact sports, always make sure to wear a mouthguard. Avoid using your teeth as a tool to open packages or bottles, which can easily lead to chipped teeth.
The most important step you can take is committing to at-home oral care and routine dental visits. These habits will help you prevent decay and help you catch dental issues before they turn into emergencies.
The Cost of Treating Dental Emergencies
Seeing a dentist for your emergency will make a big difference compared to not visiting at all. Depending on the extent of your emergency, you may only need a simple prescription to treat your infection. In other cases, you may need more advanced forms of treatment such as a root canal or extraction. By coming in to see our dental experts, you can confirm exactly what treatments you need, rather than wait and allow your condition to get worse!