If something major happens to a tooth or teeth, it’s natural to feel a bit panicked. However, it’s important to keep your head and stay as calm as possible so you can get it fixed. Dr. James White, a dentist in Las Vegas, NV, discusses what you should do if you find yourself with a dental emergency.
What’s Considered a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency can be a variety of things. One of the most common is extreme toothache. Sharp or unending pain in your tooth means you probably have a cavity or root canal issue. Getting a tooth knocked out or one chipped or broken also constitutes a dental emergency. If you have a broken dental restoration like a dental crown or bridge, it’s important to get that fixed right away.
What Should I Do if I Have a Dental Emergency?
This varies depending on what kind of emergency you have. However, first and foremost, you should call our Las Vegas, Nevada dentist office right away. This way, we can get you in as soon as possible and make sure your smile is restored and you’re out of pain. After you call us, this is what you should do for each form of dental emergency:
- Tooth pain: Unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot you can do until you get to our office for tooth pain. Take over the counter pain medications like ibuprofen to try and control the pain. You can also try wrapping ice in a clean cloth and hold it against the area that hurts. Take care not to eat anything that will irritate it more and try to chew on the opposite side of your mouth.
- Knocked out tooth: When this happens, take a damp cloth and apply pressure to the gum to stop the bleeding. If you can locate the tooth, pick it up by the crown and avoid touching the tooth root whatsoever. Rinse the tooth off gently and put it in a glass of milk or your own saliva. If we can get you in within a couple of hours, there’s a chance the tooth can be saved.
- Broken dental restoration: The most important thing to remember is to not attempt to replace the restoration on your own. Especially with dental crowns, you can end up causing more damage to your tooth. If you can find the broken restoration, bring it with you to our office. Dr. White will help you to figure out the best solution for a replacement.
- Object lodged between teeth: If there’s something large stuck between your teeth, gently floss to try and get it out. This may be able to get it loose. If you’re unable to do so, don’t try to remove it with anything else. You risk hurting your gums and the teeth around the object.
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Dr. White and his accomplished team are ready to help you with any dental emergency you may have. Call us today or schedule an appointment online!