As you go about your day, you never expect for a dental emergency to interrupt your plans. Although you are never prepared for it to happen to you, it is estimated that one in six Americans are in this position every year. When the unexpected strikes, it is natural to panic and not know what to do; however, it is important to remain calm. While you may be tempted to head to your local emergency room, it is best to call Alpine Dental Care to get a same-day appointment for the care you need to get back to your day.
Don’t Wait to Call Your Dentist
Often, when a dental emergency occurs, you may be tempted to delay visiting the dentist. You may not know that the issue you are having is classified as an emergency, like a toothache. Despite your hesitation, it is best to call our office right away. If you do not get the care you need promptly, it could result in the loss of your tooth.
In addition to calling our office for an appointment, there are several things you can do at home to help make the situation a bit easier.
Responding to Dental Emergencies
Dental emergencies can come in many different forms. Being able to recognize what needs immediate care and how to respond to the situation can help to promote the survival of your tooth.
Knocked Out Tooth: Hold it by the crown and rinse it with water. Do not use any soaps, cleaners, or dry it. Carefully try to reinsert it back into its socket. If you are not successful, place it in a cup of milk.
Dislodged Tooth: Gently try to push the tooth back into position and bite on a piece of gauze to prevent it from moving.
Toothache: A toothache is often a sign of an underlying issue, like an infection. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to manage your pain until your dentist can get to the root of the problem.
Broken Tooth: Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater and avoid placing pressure on the tooth. Keep in clean until after it has been repaired.
Lost Restoration: Over time, a crown or filling may come loose or fall out. Never try to repair it at home. Instead, keep the tooth clean and avoid placing pressure on it.
Broken Dentures or Oral Appliances: If your dentures or another oral appliance has become damaged, stop using it until after it has been repaired or replaced. If you continue to use it, it could lead to an oral injury.
Call Your Dentist for a Same-Day Appointment
At Alpine Dental Care, we believe in always being there for our patients—even during emergencies. If the unexpected occurs, do not delay getting the care you need. Contact our office right away to help save your tooth from an extraction.
We will find the cause of the problem to restore your oral health, so you can get back to enjoying your day quickly.