Dental emergencies seem to happen at the most inconvenient time. But we are just a phone call away and we’re here to help. If you are a patient, please call our office at 740-452-3697 or our emergency line at 614-313-0188 on weekends. So what is a dental emergency and what do YOU do if it happens to you? …
1) A Knocked out tooth.
This is the most serious of dental emergencies, but try to stay calm. It is important to get to the dentist office ideally within 30 minutes of injury for the best success. Locate the tooth and handle carefully. Pick up the tooth by the crown not the root surface. If dirty, rinse with water only. Do not use soap. Do not scrub or dry the tooth. Do not wrap in tissue or cloth. Reposition tooth and insert back into socket if possible. With firm pressure, carefully push tooth back into the socket and hold by biting down or with your finger. The sooner this is done, the more likelihood of tooth survival. If the tooth is unable to be replaced into the socket, keep the tooth moist in one of the following: Emergency tooth preservation kit like Save-a-Tooth®, milk, or in the mouth next to your cheek. Bring the tooth with you as soon as possible for the dentist to reimplant. It is possible to save a tooth that has been out of the mouth for an hour or more.
2) A Chipped tooth and/or broken fillings.
This can be an emergency depending on the severity. Losing a filling or chipping a tooth can be uncomfortable and sometimes painful because of sensitivity or sharp edges. An anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen can help with sensitivity until you can get to the dentist office.
3) Swollen gums from wisdom teeth.
The gum tissue behind and around wisdom tooth can become inflamed as the tooth is erupting into mouth. This can be an extremely painful experience. Flushing the pocket between the tooth and gum tissue will eliminate food particles and bacteria that accumulate and can help relieve symptoms to a certain extent. Many times the wisdom teeth need to be removed because of discomfort, the lack of space or the position. Call the dentist to be evaluated as soon as possible.
4) An Abscessed tooth.
This emergency occurs because a cavity has gotten deep into or close to the root canal system. Symptoms can vary from a dull constant ache to sharp pain. Usually over-the-counter medications stop being effective to control pain as the problem worsens. Antibiotics can be called to your pharmacy to begin controlling the infection until you can be seen by the dentist.
Avoid dental emergencies by scheduling regular check-ups. Call Dorosti Dental today to schedule your next appointment with your awesome team. Insurance questions? We’re happy to answer those too! 740-452-3697