First of all: stay calm! Whether you’ve just suffered some dental trauma, pain has been gradually building, or you’ve noticed broken dental work, you’ll be able to navigate the situation better if you don’t panic. Dynamic Dental is available to our patients at any time, no matter when the emergency occurs. Simply pick up the phone and contact us at (916) 368-2500. Our 24-hour answering service will direct you to the next appropriate step.
So, whether you’ve scheduled an appointment or are about to head to the office, what should you do in the meantime? The answer is a little bit different for each type of emergency. If you have suffered serious trauma, you should head directly to the emergency room. They will be able to help you immediately, and then our dentists will provide care once the imminent danger has passed. But if your problem is less severe, read on for some tips corresponding with dental concerns.
Types of Dental Emergencies
What constitutes an “emergency”? Anything that is affecting your daily life in a negative way. If you’re in pain or otherwise uncomfortable, then the problem needs to be addressed (and if the discomfort is growing, it’s definitely not going away on its own). Schedule an appointment in any case. While you’re at home, you can soothe your problem with some of the measures below:
- Toothache – A toothache can mean so many things. While you’re waiting to learn the cause, you can take OTC painkillers and also rinse with saltwater (this will help reduce swelling, pressure, and potential infection in the area around the tooth).
- Lost tooth – If a permanent tooth has been knocked out, save the pieces of the tooth and cover them with whole milk. Bring them to your appointment. Apply gauze or a tea bag to the area, and apply pressure to stop any bleeding.
- Bleeding gums – Small abrasions will usually heal on their own. Apply a tea bag or gauze to the area to slow the bleeding. If the wound is deep, you may need stitches.
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