If you believe you’re experiencing a dental condition but are unsure if it’s a situation that required emergency dentistry near you, daily DENTAL & bracesbar provides answers to the following frequently asked questions to help you gauge whether you should call our office or visit your local emergency room.
What should I do if a tooth has been knocked out?
If there are no other serious concerns such as a concussion that would require immediate medical care, you can locate the tooth that’s been knocked out, making sure not to touch the roots of the tooth, rinse it, and place it back into the socket. If you’re unable to place the tooth back into the socket, place it in a small container of milk or between your cheek to keep it moist. Next, call our dentist for triage assessment.
My gums are bleeding every day….is that a dental emergency?
Bleeding gums are never normal, but for the most part, they will not require an emergency appointment from a dentist near you. What is important, however, is to make an appointment for a dental exam to determine whether you need a preventive dental appointment to guard against potential gum disease.
How can I replace the temporary crown that I just received?
If you received your dental crown from our dentist, you’ve probably received post-treatment information to refer to. In absence of that, you can use products like toothpaste or denture adhesive to secure your temporary crown back into place. Avoid chewing on that tooth until our dentist can see you during normal appointment hours.
What’s the best thing I can do to prepare for a dental emergency?
Make sure to keep gauze, a bottle of water, denture adhesive, and a small container with a lid in your car, purse, desk, or sports bag. Having our phone number stored in your phone’s memory is also a good way to save time when seeking emergency dental assistance.
What’s the best thing I can do to prevent a dental emergency?
First, if you’re involved in any type of impact sports, make sure you wear a custom mouthguard. We can help you with that if you don’t already have one. Also, remember to practice preventive dental care so we can identify any potential dental emergencies before they arise.