Have you ever wondered what to do during a dental emergency? Whether it’s waking up with a toothache or sustaining a dental injury, there are steps you can take to improve your comfort and your oral function.
The first step begins with calling a dentist for emergency treatment. Our practice treats dental emergencies including toothaches, dislodged and knocked out teeth, and broken or loose restorations/prosthetics.
Toothaches can be incredibly debilitating and painful. They can also seemingly come out of nowhere, with little warning. If you have a toothache, know that this is your oral health system’s way of telling you that something is wrong.
A toothache normally signifies an infection. Sometimes teeth become so infected that root canal therapy is necessary to prevent the development of abscesses and/or the need for surgical tooth extractions.
If you have a toothache, you can mitigate your discomfort with cold compresses to the outside of your face and over-the-counter pain relievers until you get to our practice for dental emergency treatment.
Another major source behind oral health emergencies are traumatic injuries to the face. Normally, these types of emergencies are caused by things like car wrecks and accidental falls. Sometimes sports can lead to a traumatic injury – especially if recommended safety gear isn’t worn.
Facial trauma can knock out, dislodge, and break teeth. Trauma to the oral cavity and face might also cause deep lacerations to soft tissue. If you have sustained oral trauma but are bleeding profusely or losing consciousness, visit your nearest hospital for emergency treatment.
Sometimes, the pieces of teeth can be reattached. If your tooth has been broken or knocked out, save its pieces in milk or Save-A-Tooth solution (available at major supermarkets and pharmacies). Contact our office immediately because timing is important for saving a dislodged tooth.
Remember that preventing emergencies can save you time and money. If you play sports or engage in high-injury activities, be sure to wear all recommended safety gear. Things like helmets, chin straps, and custom mouthguards can greatly reduce the effects of facial trauma.
Keeping routine appointments with our team at Newton Dental Group is also important. Your annual checkups can reveal weak spots in your teeth before disaster strikes.