A dental emergency can occur at any time. A broken tooth, a trauma following a fall, or a painful toothache … a dental problem does not always happen when it is convenient. But you can lessen the impact of an emergency by being knowledgeable and prepared for a dental mishap.
Know Who To Call In A Dental Emergency
The name and contact information of your dentist should always be readily available; this information should be posted in a conspicuous place in your home for caregivers.
Since emergencies don’t always occur during regular dental office hours, obtain and post the name and contact information for after hours care. Being able to respond quickly to a dental mishap may save time, money, and additional future treatment.
If you or a family member participate in activities or sports where there is the potential for contact, a mouthguard is a fabulous accessory that can protect teeth, gums, cheeks, lips, and jaws. It is important that you work with your dentist to obtain a mouthguard that will provide the optimum fit for the utmost protection. If it doesn’t fit or is uncomfortable, it likely won’t be worn.
Basic Care For Dental Emergencies
You don’t have to go to dental school to have some basic knowledge on caring for a dental emergency. For example, if you or someone you’re with should get a tooth knocked out, would you know that you might be able to save the tooth with the proper response?
Contact your dentist to arrange to be seen immediately. The tooth should be cleaned off being careful not to handle the roots and replaced in the socket, if possible, and held in place until you can see the dentist. If this is not feasible, place the tooth in a glass of milk or Save-A-Tooth solution and get to the dentist right away. If everything falls into place, you may be able to salvage the tooth.
If a trauma results in excessive bleeding, use cotton or a clean cloth and apply pressure to try to stop the bleeding. If bleeding should persist, seek professional treatment right away.
If a tooth should chip or break, unless you are experiencing pain or sensitivity, you probably don’t need to treat this as as emergency but should try to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as practical.
For additional information or tips on how to handle a dental emergency, contact our team at Newton Dental Group.