Dental emergencies always happen at the least expected moments. In a state of shock and pain, it can be hard to react quickly and effectively to ensure that no additional harm comes to your mouth. With Healthy Smiles Dental Care’s phone number on-hand, you can count on getting over-the-phone guidance and fast, pain-relieving emergency dental care in these difficult times. If you are experiencing oral pain or believe that anything is wrong, call our office as soon as possible.
Handling dental emergencies can be difficult, but as long as you call our office first, we’ll be able to provide you with first-aid guidance and make sure that your smile doesn’t sustain any additional damage. The moments before you get to our office are crucial, and we’ll be here to help you through it all. Below, we’ve outlined some general tips and advice on how to handle these situations after you’ve called us to schedule an emergency visit.
Throbbing toothaches that are persistent are a common sign of an infection hidden deep beneath the surface of the tooth. To help with the pain, you can take an over-the-counter medication such as ibuprofen or place a cold compress on your jaw for 10 minutes on, 10 minutes off. This will also help bring down any swelling.
Retrieve the broken-off piece of your tooth and rinse it under a cool stream of water. Place it in a baggie or sealable container and bring it to your appointment. If the broken edge of your tooth is a sharp point, you can place a piece of orthodontic wax over it to shield your lips and the inside of your cheek.
Time is of the essence, so it’s important to act quickly and try to get to our office within an hour of the incident. Retrieve your knocked-out tooth by only picking it up by the biting surface, not the roots. Gently rinse it beneath a cool stream of water, being sure to not scrub it, and place it in a sealable container of salt water or milk. If the area is bleeding, hold a piece of sterile gauze over it.
If you’re able to find your restoration, you can rinse it off and temporarily place it back on your tooth using a dab of denture adhesive or toothpaste. Whether it’s lost or broken, it’s crucial to come to our office as soon as possible so we can repair or replace it. This will help you avoid a tooth infection.
While you can’t completely avoid dental emergencies, there are some ways that you can reduce your risk of experiencing one. Here are some tips to avoid the emergency treatment chair:
When you visit our office for an examination, we’ll view X-rays of your mouth and conduct a thorough visual inspection to figure out what’s causing your pain. Once we do, we’ll be able to make a treatment plan to tackle the issue and provide you with lasting relief. Before we start any treatments, we’ll discuss the cost of the visit with you and make sure that you’re always in the loop. Because treatments can vary so drastically, there’s no set cost for an emergency appointment.