June 23, 2017
Having to visit the emergency room will probably never be “the time of your life,” especially if you accidentally lost a tooth! Typically, you’re checked in and even though it’s an emergency and your tooth’s life is depending on the action, nurses will direct you to the waiting room until more pertinent issues are addressed. ER’s must usually try to distribute their time amongst hundreds of patients with a variety of health issues. Typically, this wide range of skills doesn’t include dentistry. Your Taylor emergency dentist can provide you specialized advice and services you need to truly save your smile from long-lasting trauma.
Identifying a Dental Emergency
A dental emergency can be identified as anything that causes persistent pain and requires immediate attention in your head or mouth areas. Some examples include severe toothaches, loose teeth, lost teeth, a soft tissue wound or injury, or abnormal bleeding. If you feel any kind of irregular pain around your face, neck, and mouth areas, it could also potentially be a dental emergency. If you experience any of these problems, we recommend heading to our Taylor office to see us as soon as possible:
- Bleeding anywhere in your mouth
- Loose teeth
- Bulges or cysts along your gum line
- Sudden swelling anywhere in your mouth
- Knocked out teeth
- Suddenly misaligned teeth
- Lost dental restorations or prosthetics
- Long-lasting and/or excruciating dental pain
Whatever you do, STAY CALM!
First and foremost, the best initial advice we can give you is DO NOT PANIC. Secondly, don’t hesitate to go to the nearest emergency room if it is a severe dental emergency, despite the potential wait. For instance, if a soccer ball hits your head at high speeds, breaking your jaw and knocking a few teeth out at once, go to the emergency room first! Once your priority health issues have been addressed (i.e. excessive bleeding or broken bones) then give our office a call right away to discuss how we can repair your smile.
Handling Your Dental Emergency While Travel to a Health Professional
There may be some things that you can do at home to help relieve pain or preserve a tooth while you make your way to your health professional. The following are suggestions that may help you during a dental emergency at home or while you’re on the way to our office:
- Use a mixture of salt and water to relieve irritation and cleanse swelling in your mouth.
- If a tooth is knocked out, retrieve it and preserve it in a glass of milk until you can get to your dentist.
- Use a cold compress to help reduce swelling, numb a painful area, and apply pressure to stop bleeding.
Visit ACE Dental for Emergency Care!
Dental emergencies are just that: unfortunate unexpected situations. Now that you have a better idea of how to handle a dental accident, you’re better prepared. Remember, stay calm and contact the correct health provider depending on your level of pain and urgency. Don’t ever hesitate to contact us if you need advice while traveling to our office for help.
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