While dental emergencies can strike at any time, there are steps you can take to help you prevent facial injuries and tips on how to respond to an urgent situation. In most cases, preparedness for a dental emergency can make seeking treatment and easing any discomfort much faster. Sometimes minutes count when it comes to emergency dentistry. Our pediatric dentist offers emergency dentistry services for children so that our patients can receive the treatment they need as quickly as possible.
Following are a few of the most common contributors to dental emergencies:
If trauma is the reason for your emergency, you will need to call our practice as soon as possible so that we can prepare for your visit. Sports injuries and car accidents could lead to a person developing dislodged teeth and lacerations on soft oral tissue. Sometimes, facial trauma is so severe that it must be handled by an ER. When you call, our staff will help determine whether your situation is one we can improve or if you should visit a hospital.
If you have a knocked out or broken tooth, you can help keep its living tissue protected by placing the tooth and/or its pieces in milk or Save-a-Tooth solution (available at most drug and grocery stores.) If none of these options are available, hold your tooth between your cheek and gums. Never place a broken tooth in water.
If you wake up with a bad toothache or have developed an abscess, it is important that we see you as soon as we can. While you wait for an appointment, our staff might provide some recommendations for improving your comfort with cold compresses or over the counter medication for pain. Less serious emergencies include lost or broken restorations.
Call us today at The Smiley Tooth Pediatric Dental Specialists to schedule an appointment with our team.