When dental emergencies happen, waiting several days for an appointment with a dentist is not an option. Some dental emergencies require immediate attention for pain relief and for the overall health of the tooth in question. and receiving rapid dental treatment could mean the difference in saving a tooth or losing it.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What should I expect from my emergency dental appointment?
Upon arrival, the pediatric dentist will interview parents regarding the nature of the emergency, which may includes the length since the injury was sustained, how long has the pain been around, and or additional symptoms experienced by the patient. An x-ray may be recommended depending on the nature of the injury, followed by a clinical exam to evaluate the emergency. After clinical and radiographic exam is completed, the pediatric dentist will recommend accordingly a treatment plan and when needed emergency treatment.
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, such as candy and ice, as these can delay healing. 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. And when necessary, follow additional post appointment recommendation such as returning for follow up visits.