Whether you have severe oral pain, cracked tooth enamel, or loose or knocked-out teeth, you are experiencing a dental emergency that needs immediate attention. With the help of our specialists at Healthy Smiles Dental Care, who are experienced in handling a variety of dental emergencies, they can see you as soon as possible and get your emergency treated before it worsens. The moment you believe something is wrong, give our office a call.
Dental emergencies can occur in many different ways. However, the most common cause for them is poor oral hygiene and physical trauma. When you give our office a call, you’ll speak directly with a team member who you will need to tell what happened and explain your symptoms. Once you’ve given us the details, we’ll be far better able to help you deal with the issue. Below, you can learn more tips on handling your dental emergency before you arrive.
Start by pulling floss in between your teeth and rinsing your mouth out with salt water. This should dislodge any food debris. If pain persists, take a painkiller, and get to our office to confirm if root canal therapy is needed. When taking your painkiller, make sure to not apply it directly to your gum tissue.
Closely examine the damage to your tooth. There may be some chips and cracks present that are purely cosmetic. However, in other cases the entire tooth could be so broken down it needs to be removed. Before your appointment, do your best to keep the tooth intact by not chewing food on the side of your mouth where the tooth sits. Hold an ice pack on your cheeks to reduce swelling.
Do your best to stay calm and locate the tooth. When found, pick it up by the crown portion only and do not touch the root. Rinse it off using warm water before you place it back into your open socket. If it does not stay in place, keep it in a container of milk or in your cheek to keep it preserved. Get to our office within the hour to give yourself the best chances of reimplanting the tooth.
Find the restoration and have it with you when you visit us. To soothe any sensitivity, apply a small amount of clove oil to the tooth and use dental cement to protect the exposed portion until you can get your restoration replaced. Do not eat any tough or chewy foods. Stick to a soft diet until you get to our office.
While dental emergencies cannot be completely avoided, you can reduce your risks. You can do so by:
When a dental emergency occurs, you shouldn’t be so focused on the cost of treating your issue until you’ve been examined by our dentists, especially if you’re experiencing pain. The top priority for our dentists is determining the best and fastest way to stop your pain and treat the emergency at the source. From there, we’ll explain treatment and make sure you understand the costs associated with it, then help you file insurance claims or determine other financing options moving forward.