If you’re experiencing a dental emergency, don’t panic. The truth is, most dental emergencies are seldom as severe as other medical emergencies. That said, you still need to contact your dentist immediately for an examination and appropriate treatment.
Dental emergencies can happen to anyone at any time and should never be ignored. Ignoring the problem could increase the risk of permanent damage and lead to more extensive and expensive dental work down the road. Most dentists will block time out of his or her regular daily schedule to allow for emergency patients.
A knocked-out tooth can occasionally be preserved. Pick up the tooth by the crown (avoid touching the roots), rinse it off and – if possible – reinsert it into the socket. Get to the dentist as quickly as possible. The sooner you can, the better the chance of saving the tooth.
Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply a cold compress to reduce swelling. Avoid using strong pain killers or a numbing gel, as doing so could damage your gums.
A tooth abscess can be life-threatening and results when a tooth has become infected. This infection can spread to the jaw, surrounding tissues and affect other areas of the body. Rinse with salt water to reduce the pain and see your dentist as soon as possible.
Keep the area clean and avoid eating or chewing – if possible – on the affected area. See your dentist as quickly as possible. Delaying could result in tooth decay and further issues.
If you’ve suffered a dental emergency, trust the dentists at Concept Dental to help you as quickly as possible. Call our office today.