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Don’t Get Blindsided By a Dental Emergency
A dental emergency, such as a severe toothache or broken tooth, can arise at any time, but it doesn’t need to interrupt your flow if you’re prepared to address it. Here are some suggestions on ways to be ready to manage a dental crisis at any time.
Of course your best defense against a dental emergency is to care for your smile properly by practicing good oral hygiene at home and getting exams and cleanings with your dentist at least twice a year. However, sometimes emergencies do happen, and your first step should be calling the dentist to see how soon you can get an appointment.
When you are already established with a dentist, that provider is better equipped to treat you in the case of an emergency because he or she will be familiar with your case and recognize your baseline. However, many practices are able to accommodate new patients on an emergency basis, so don’t hesitate to call if you’re experiencing an urgent issue but haven’t been seen by us before.
There may be some delay between the time that the emergency develops and the availability of your appointment and you’ll need to manage your symptoms in the interim. For a toothache, you can take an over-the-counter painkiller, although avoid placing aspirin directly on your tooth or on the gum tissue in the vicinity. A knocked-out tooth can be stored in dental preservation media (ideally) or a small container of milk if you are not able to gently insert it back into the socket.
In some cases, dental emergencies may rise to the level of needing immediate medical attention. Use your best judgment, and if you have an issue such as a fractured jaw or persistent bleeding, head to your local ER and be sure to follow up with our dentist for any additional care needed afterward.
Dental emergencies do require urgent attention, but if you know what steps to take, they don’t have to throw you for a loop. At your next routine checkup, talk to one of our knowledgeable staff members to see if you are adequately prepared to handle such a situation.
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