Any dental emergency is going to be upsetting and, more than likely, painful to varying degrees. This is because dental emergencies involve harm to the teeth, gums, and even the soft tissue such as the lips, cheeks or interior of the mouth. It can be difficult to know when you require emergency dental care, though, because some issues can be treated within hours rather minutes, and may just need “same day” treatment as opposed to full-blown emergency dental care. Dr. Sean Visger at Trail Ridge Dental in Longmont, CO can provide same day and emergency services, but also offers the following tips to help patients get the best outcomes in any sort of dental emergency.
The first tip is to assess the situation quickly. The most common types of issues that require emergency dental care are when teeth have been knocked out, severely loosened, or broken in any way. If there are lacerations to the interior of the mouth or the exterior on the face, you will want to get emergency care within the hour in order to save a tooth and improve the outcome.
The next tip is to take steps towards self-care that can help with the situation. For example, if you have knocked out a tooth, call our office or have someone make the call for you. Then, try to locate the tooth and handle it by the crown only. Rinse it gently and do not scrub it, even if you see debris. If you can return the tooth to the socket in your gum, gently insert it. If that is impossible, try to keep the tooth in milk to protect it.
After that, you need to address any bleeding. If you can gently rinse the mouth and apply a cold compress, you should be able to alleviate the bleeding. Do not press with any force since there could be a fracture and pressure may worsen the issue. An ice pack is ideal for slowing bleeding, and a simple over the counter pain reliever can work wonders to address the pain.
If a tooth is not knocked out but moved to another position, see if you can realign it with only light pressure. If not, do not force it. If you can realign it to the normal position, do so and then close your teeth together gently to hold it in place. Do not use your tongue to probe or check the area.
As your dentist in Longmont, Dr. Visger and the team can provide same day or emergency dental care, but you can also take steps to help the situation have the best possible results. If you have questions about emergency dental care and other treatment options, give us a call at our Longmont, CO office at 303-772-6960. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.