Dental emergencies can happen to any of us. Unfortunately, even if you take great care of your smile and adhere to fantastic preventative practices, some incidents are simply out of your control. If you do happen to succumb to a dental emergency, it is crucial to stay calm. First, call our office as soon as possible. If we are open, we will try to get you in as soon as possible and address the issue at hand. If we are closed, be sure to leave us a message, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Even if we cannot see you immediately, there are certain things you can do at home to help minimize damage to your smile in the interim. In today’s blog, your Vista, CA dentist discusses what to do in some of the more common dental emergencies.
Chipped Or Broken Teeth
If you or your child break part of your tooth, do your best to save every piece that you can. After you gather up what you are able to, gently rinse out your mouth with warm water. If possible, try to run the pieces of your tooth in water as well. If there is bleeding, gently press clean gauze to the wound until the bleeding ceases. Moreover, if you are in pain and are dealing with swelling, hold a compress to your face, near the affected area of your mouth, but be sure to not press too hard. You can also take over-the-counter pain relievers; just be sure to follow the suggested dosage that is on the bottle. Once you have the pain and potential bleeding under control, do not forget to call the dentist as soon as possible to schedule an appointment. When you do come in, remember to bring in any fragments of the tooth that you have.
Knocked Out Tooth
A knocked-out tooth is more common than you might think — especially for children. If this happens to you or anyone in your family, the first step is finding the tooth. Once you do, hold it by the crown (the chewing surface) and gently rinse off the root with water. Do your best to not scrub it or remove any tissue that may be present. If possible, try to place the tooth back into its socket, but do not force it. If you cannot put it back, hold it in place on your way to the dentist. If the office is closed and you cannot immediately go in, store the tooth in a small container of milk or a specialized product like Save-a-Tooth. Again, prioritize making an appointment as soon as possible. The quick you see your dentist, the more likely it is that they can save the tooth. If we cannot, we can always provide restorative or cosmetic services to help you attain a full smile again.
Contact Us In Case Of A Dental Emergency
If you have a dental emergency, be sure to call us as soon as possible. To schedule an appointment or ask any questions, please contact Melrose Dental Arts in Vista, CA at 760-724-9117.