Being taught how to address minor medical emergencies with First Aid is standard practice. However, very few of us learn how to manage emergencies that involve our teeth. This is unfortunate since it’s often possible to save a tooth when emergencies occur, even if it’s been knocked out. Dentistry Done Right is available to help new patients and existing members of our patient family when emergencies occur.
Did you know…
that the steps you take after a dental emergency happens can greatly improve your outcome once you receive emergency care. Even though emergency dentists will see you very quickly, there are some precautionary steps you can take in the time it takes to arrive at your dentist’s office. The American Dental Association has a few recommendations:
- If you bite your lip/tongue – gently cleanse the area and apply a cold compress
- If you break your tooth – gently rinse the area and apply a cold compress
- If you lose your tooth –rinse tooth’s root with water if it’s dirty, being careful to hold it by the crown. Carefully place it back in its socket, or place it in milk. Bring it to the dentist immediately.
How To Respond To Dental Emergencies
When dental emergencies occur, they often involve a significant amount of discomfort and distress. Our team at Dentistry Done Right can help you address these concerns. However, responding immediately is essential to helping the teeth survive. Taking the proper First Aid steps is essential, even if you’re already on your way to see us. When dental emergencies occur, follow these steps:
- Toothaches: The severity of pain that occurs with a toothache ranges from mild to utterly debilitating. Depending on your sensitivity to mouth pain, even mild discomfort can make it nearly impossible to focus. Toothaches are a dental emergency; they indicate something wrong with your oral health. Schedule an appointment immediately when any dental pain occurs.
- Tooth Displacement: A tooth that has been knocked out can often be saved if action is taken quickly. Many patients don’t know this or what to do when it happens. This has undoubtedly led to teeth that could otherwise be saved being lost forever. Follow these steps if you have a tooth knocked out:
- Pick up the tooth by the crown. Take care to be gentle.
- Cleanse it of debris and dirt with cool water.
- Adults can insert the tooth back into the socket.
- If this isn’t a possibility, place the tooth in a cheek pocket or milk.
- Visit our office in Corona, CA, immediately.
- Dental Fracture: Sudden impacts can lead to the tooth becoming cracked or fractured. When this occurs, it’s essential to see Dr. Rhee as soon as possible. Cracks in the teeth can be a direct pathway for bacteria, creating a risk of pulp infection.
- Dental Infection: Infections in the oral cavity can be a significant concern. When they occur within the tooth, a root canal may be required to prevent tooth loss. Infections in the gums in the form of an abscess can put the jawbone at risk. In severe cases, they can become life-threatening. Scheduling an appointment to see Dr. Rhee should be done immediately if you suspect a dental infection.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to see an emergency dentist?
If you are experiencing sudden and chronic tooth pain, or if you have sustained trauma to your teeth and surrounding tissues, you may need to see an emergency dentist. Even if you do not currently have a dental emergency, it is important that your dentist is capable of treating you quickly in the event that an emergency does arise.
What should I expect from my emergency dental appointment?
Urgent problems that threaten the health of your teeth or leave you in pain should not be ignored. You can expect to be seen by your emergency dentist quickly and without an appointment though it is recommended that you call your dentist’s office, if possible before you arrive.
What can I do after my emergency dental appointment to avoid future problems?
Some of the most common dental emergencies can be prevented by taking a few simple precautions. Avoid chewing hard foods like candy and ice, as these can cause your tooth to crack or chip. Also, be sure to wear a properly fitted dental mouth guard during sports and other high-impact activities. Protecting your mouth on a daily basis can significantly reduce your risk of injuring your teeth, as well as your tongue, lips, and the walls of your mouth.
Call Dentistry Done Right For Dental Emergencies
Call us if you’re experiencing a dental emergency and aren’t sure what to do. Our team will perform a quick assessment over the phone, direct you to perform First Aid, and tell you your next steps. Responding to a dental emergency quickly and correctly gives you the best chance of preserving your smile. We’re proud to serve the Corona, CA, area for bi-annual, at-need, and emergency dental services throughout the year. Call us about scheduling and other concerns today!