A dental emergency typically happens when you least expect it, and at times when it’s difficult to get to your dentist. With all of the holiday travel throughout this time of the year, it’s not uncommon for you or someone you know to experience a toothache or emergency when they’re out of town visiting family and friends.
The first thing to do when you experience a toothache or other dental emergency is to contact your normal dental provider. Let them know exactly which tooth it is, what happened, and what your symptoms are. Even if it’s after hours, most dentists will have an emergency dentist who is on-call to address emergency calls from existing patients, although you may be required to leave a message with call back number first. This allows the team to access your dental records and know if there are any underlying causes that can be contributing to the emergency, if applicable.
If you have broken a tooth, place the broken tooth enamel into a glass of water or milk as soon as possible. Do not attempt to clean the tooth off! Call your dentist, or if you are out of town you may attempt to contact a friend or relative’s dentist who is in the area. Bring the broken piece of tooth with you.
Many emergencies are due to not having a cavity fixed, and the decay spreading or causing an abscess in your mouth later on. The best way to prevent these type of emergencies is by having dental treatment completed as early as possible, when decay is at its smallest. Unfortunately, cavities cannot go away on their own, so treatment early on will keep them smaller and easier to care for.
Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental
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