Most of us at some point in our lives will experience an a dental emergency. Be it a slip in the bathtub or being injured during a sporting activity, when you need emergency dental care it’s important to take quick steps to ensure comfort to the person involved, and protect the life of their tooth.
First of all, if any pieces of the tooth have broken off, they need to be put in a cup with water or milk to keep the enamel lubricated. Sometimes an entire tooth can come out in one piece, and in this case it is ok to attempt to place the tooth back into the socket. Don’t scrub the tooth clean, but rather just rinse it under flowing tap water. This will rinse away debris but not damage microscopic fibers that aid in reattachment.
Call the dental office immediately. If it’s after hours you will be able to leave a message or access the dental team through an emergency line that is provided. These recordings are monitored regularly and true dental emergencies will be responded to in a timely manner. If it’s during the day, go directly to your dental office. Most dentists will have an extra room set up for just these types of circumstances, allowing them to take care of emergencies when they happen. Ultimately, patient comfort is the most important factor, but second is the health and appearance of the affected teeth.
Always wear protective equipment such as mouth guards when participating in sports. Not only do guards protect the teeth from injury, they can reduce the likelihood of concussions.
Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli
Our last article discussed common dental emergencies, including things like a broken tooth or a tooth that is knocked out. This article will discuss other common dental emergencies, and offer you some practical advice on what to do until you can be seen by your dentist.
One very common mouth injury is a bitten tongue or lip. Sometimes the bite is severe enough to cut the tip of the tongue off, or to completely puncture the lip. Cleanse the area, and go to the emergency department or your dentist right away. If you have the piece cut off, place it in a glass of water while traveling to the dentist or emergency room. In some cases, the tongue can be sewn back on and in the case of a severe lip cut, stitches may be necessary to help the repair. Do not delay in seeking attention if you or a family member has bitten your tongue or lip severely.
Children are almost always getting into things, and toddlers in particular are interested in everything. One of the ways they learn is by picking things up, and playing with them. Unfortunately, sometimes these items end up in the child’s mouth, and may become trapped. If your child has an object stuck in her mouth, first make sure that she can breathe adequately. Ask her to speak or say something, or try to cough. If she can do these things, she is getting adequate air. If not, you should immediately call 911 for assistance. If the object is simply caught in the mouth or between her teeth, try to remove it gently with dental floss. Never use scissors or tweezers or other sharp objects to remove anything caught in the mouth. Immediately contact your dentist to be seen to help remove the object.
If you encounter a dental emergency, contact your dentist right away to be seen.
Posted on the behalf of Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.
Sometimes, life just seems to get in the way. You may have been out playing softball with friends, and a ball accidently hits you in the face and knocks out a tooth. Or perhaps you were at a local fair and bit too hard on a piece of candy and you felt a tooth break. Maybe your child was chewing on a non-food item, and something is caught in their mouth. Knowing what to do when life’s little interruptions present themselves can really help…and this series of articles will help you understand what to do or not do in cases like this.
Common dental emergencies included things liked a knocked-out tooth. If you are a loved one experience a tooth that gets knocked-out, it is important to keep it moist at all times. If possible, place your tooth back in the socket it came from. This will help protect the tooth and roots, and hopefully your dentist can restore and re-implant the tooth. If you cannot put the tooth back in your mouth, place it in a bottle of water, in your cheek, or in milk. Contact your dentist immediately to be seen that day.
Another common emergency is a tooth that cracks. If this happens in your family, rinse the mouth with warm water to help the area get clean. Notify your dentist to be seen as soon as possible, and while waiting to be seen, try putting cool compresses on your face to help keep swelling down. Place ice packs on your cheek in fifteen minute increments, and never place ice directly on the skin.
If you need emergency dental care, contact your dentist right away. Our next article will cover other common dental emergencies.
Posted on the behalf of Lawrenceville Family Dental Care, P.C.
Seeing the dentist, like most routine health procedures, requires that you make an appointment sometimes weeks or months in advance, but what happens if you have a dental problem that requires urgent attention? Fortunately, most dentists leave openings in their daily schedules to accommodate patients with critical or life-threatening issues.
Many people are unsure as to what exactly constitutes a dental emergency. The American Dental Association provides a list of criteria for a dental emergency:
1) A tooth or teeth are chipped or broken
2) A tooth or teeth have been knocked out (an avulsed tooth)
3) You know or suspect your jaw is broken
4) Any type of severe, unbearable mouth or gum pain
5) A tooth or teeth are in danger of permanent loss (e.g. a loose tooth)
Other situations that qualify for emergency dental care include rips, puncture wounds, or other injuries to the cheeks, tongue, lips, or membrane of the mouth cavity.
If you are experiencing any of the above situations, then don’t hesitate to contact your dentist. Fast action is important; a time delay or 30 minutes or more increases the likelihood that the damage done to your teeth will be irreversible. For example, a knocked-out tooth is less likely to be successfully reimplanted the longer it has been outside of the mouth.
Often, when you call a dental practice, the automated phone system will allow you to select an option which will transfer you to a dental nurse or receptionist who specifically handles emergency patients. Alternately, you should chose whatever option allows you to speak to a customer service representative or dental receptionist so that you can explain your predicament.
A dental emergency can arise at almost any time and while there is never a good time for a dental emergency, they seem to choose the most inconvenient times. Getting help fast for a dental emergency not only means faster recovery and less pain and discomfort for you, but it can also make the difference between saving or losing a tooth.
Dental emergencies include severe tooth aches, a chipped or broken tooth, a tooth or teeth that have been knocked out, a lost filling or crown, broken braces wires, an abscess, and an object lodged between teeth. If you have any of these dental emergencies, you need to be seen by your dentist as soon as possible. You can’t wait weeks or even all weekend for the next available appointment. Your dental health depends on getting treatment as soon as possible. It is very important to seek treatment immediately.
When choosing a dental practice for you and your family, ask about their procedures for handling dental emergencies. Most dental practices reserve some time each day to handle emergency dental care and many practices are open late and on weekends. Many also offer same day appointments.
Extended hours and same day appointments not only make getting emergency treatment easier, but also allow busy working professionals to schedule dental care around their work schedule. You can always be seen by another dentist, but that dentists will not have access to your dental records. You are better off seeing your own dentist if at all possible.
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