Dental Tips Blog


What to do When an Emergency Happens

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



What to Do If You Crack, Chip or Lose a Tooth

Accidents happen.

You could be riding your bicycle down the road, hit a pothole and go flying head first into the curb, shattering your front tooth or, worse, have it fall out completely. But it doesn’t have to mean the end of the world, or, in this case, the end of your nice smile.

First off, quickly assess the injury and whether an immediate trip to the emergency room is necessary. Excessive pain, swelling are bleeding are an indication you need emergency dental care and you should visit the emergency room, taking care enroute to cover the injury with a damp cloth or gauze and gently apply pressure. Applying ice can also be helpful in stopping the swelling.

If the tooth is cracked or chipped and the situation is not urgent, precautions are a little different. First, rinse the tooth with water or salt water to remove any debris still lodged in the affected area. Then, do not eat or drink or ingest anything until the tooth can be covered or protected with dental wax or filler or until your dentist can administer a more permanent solution. This will ward off any bacteria that can settle into the crack or crevice and cause infection.

If the tooth falls out completely, it is important to remember that it can be reinserted but only if it is done within a half hour or so. If the tooth is lost, you should take recover it and go immediately to the emergency room, where a doctor or dentist can reinsert it quickly.

Finally, if you or any member of your family is prone to accidents or you have children who participate in sports, it is always a good idea to have an emergency dental kit on hand that contains such things as tweezers, gauze, sterilized pads and even dental wax. Check with your dentist for best recommendations.

Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli



Can the Doctor Call Something in for Me?

One of the most common things we hear at the dental office when a patient calls in with a toothache is “Can the doctor call something into the pharmacy for me?” At times, calling in a medication for pain or infection is appropriate, but there are times when your dentist will tell you no, and that you’ll need to be seen in the office. There are a few reasons for this.

Calling in pain relievers or antibiotics for patients doesn’t make the problem go away, it just covers it up temporarily. Some patients get care when they need it, while others just want something to get them by until the next time their tooth flares up. This can cause drug dependence, antibiotic resistance, and the delay of dental care. In the end, the dentist isn’t doing the patient any favor by repeatedly calling in medication for them, because the patient is going to lose the tooth due to infection. Instead, the patient needs to be seen immediately in the office for emergency dental care and then any necessary medication to help them through recovery.

Dentists won’t call medication in for you if you’re not a patient of record, or haven’t seen them in quite a while. Only patients of record can have medication called in to the pharmacy, if the dentist has seen them recently and is familiar with their medical and dental conditions.

Patients that routinely see their dentist and don’t usually experience problems are typically those that a dentist will call medication in for. That is, after the dental team has already determined what the problem is, and set up a time for the patient to come in at their earliest convenience. The prescriptions will buy them time for a few days before they arrive for their appointment.

Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli



Traumatic Dental Injuries in Children

Dental emergencies are one of the most common causes of emergency room visits in children. Slipping during a bath and having trauma to the top front teeth is a frequent experience. If your child falls or incurs some type of trauma, preserve the tooth or broken piece of the tooth by putting it into a cup of water or milk. Should the tooth come out in one whole piece with the root still in tact, try placing the tooth back into the socket and holding it in place.

Another is having a painful abscess erupt on a tooth with a cavity. In severe cases, these abscesses can even cause hospitalization in small children. Getting cavities treated in a timely manner can save your child’s teeth, pain and complications later on down the road.

Sports related injuries are typically avoidable with the use of a professionally fitted athletic guard. Over the counter guards may slip and come out of place, but a professional sports guard protects the teeth, lips, and also reduces the risks of concussion. Whether your young athlete participates in a contact sport like football, or an individual sport like gymnastics, an athletic guard is the best possible form of dental insurance that you can have. Many injuries come not only from running into another athlete, but coming into contact with pieces of equipment or even themselves.

If your child needs emergency dental care, contact your dentist immediately. Depending on the type of emergency and the current comfort level of your child, you may be instructed to go directly to the office or to wait until the next business day before making an appointment.

Posted on behalf of Randy Muccioli


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