Some dental issues need immediate care without any doubt. Dentist reserves time from their daily schedule for emergency patients who need urgent attention. If ever you have a dental emergency, then it is crucial to visit your dentist as soon as possible, as it is always better to treat any oral concerns in an early stage.
When should you seek a dental emergency?
There are some guidelines you can keep in mind to handle oral discomforts and injuries, also about seeking emergency dental care or services:
Toothache: Whenever you start feeling any such discomfort or pain, visit your emergency dentist immediately.
Broken, cracked, or chipped tooth: If you are in a situation where your tooth breaks, cracks, or chips, then rinse your mouth with warm water. Then apply a cold compress to your face. Go directly to the dentist. Take the tooth fragments wrapped in wet gauze or a damp towel.
Loosened or knocked-out tooth: If by any chance your tooth gets loose due to some trauma, go to the dentist. For a tooth that gets knocked out, then try to insert it back gently in its socket. Otherwise, rinse the tooth instead of scrubbing it. If you cannot reinsert it in the socket, then hold it under the tongue and visit the dentist as soon as possible.
Broken Jaw: If you break your jaw, then apply some ice or a cold compress on your face and immediately go to the dentist.
Bitten Tongue or Lip: If you bite your tongue or lip unknowingly, then clean the affected area with a wet cloth. You can curb swelling by placing a cold compress on the area. If the bleeding still continuous or if it is more than normal, go to your dentist or an emergency center soon.
What are the ways to prevent a dental emergency?
The simple ways by which dental emergency can be prevented are:
- With good oral hygiene
- Brushing and flossing after each meal will help in keeping your mouth healthy
- Wear a mouthguard if you are engaged in contact sports
- Avoid eating hard candy, popcorn kernels, or other food items that can crack a tooth
- Do not use your teeth to open a bottle, cut things, or break objects.
- Limit the amount of sugar between meals
- Get a new toothbrush every three months
- Use an antiseptic mouthwash daily
- Use a fluoride toothpaste
- Do not consume drugs for toothache or anything without consulting a dentist. Some medications can make complications worsening the symptoms.
Please schedule an online appointment or call us at (949) 209-8889 to have a consultation with Dr. Vida, an emergency dentist, at our office in Orange County, CA to get the best dental care.