We all do our best to avoid them, but every once in a while dental emergencies pop up despite our best efforts. Our Glendale dentists are here to help you figure out what to do in case of dental emergency. In this article we are going to be reviewing some things you should do/keep in mind in case of dental trauma—keep reading!
By definition a dental emergency is a surprise, so you can’t completely prepare for it. But the very best thing that you can do in order to prepare for these sudden occurrences is to know whom you will call when trouble pops up. When you already have a dentist whom you know and trust, you’ll feel much less stressed in the event of dental trauma. Talk to your dentist about his or her preferred contact method in event of emergency, and make sure to write this down in an easy-to-find place!
If, as part of your dental emergency, you lose a tooth, there are a few things you can do to help yourself.
1. Save your tooth! Try to not remove too much of any attached nerves or tissues.
2. If the tooth has not come completely out, try to gently place it back in its socket.
3. If the tooth does not easily go back in place, do not force it—this can cause greater trauma to the gum and bone tissue.
4. Make plans to see your dentist immediately.
5. Place the tooth in milk to keep it viable until you see your dentist (ideally you would see him or her within an hour of the trauma).
Next week we will continue our discussion of dental emergencies, so come back then for additional tips. Until then, give our Glendale emergency dentists a call to learn more about dental treatment in general, or to schedule an appointment.