A raging toothache, broken tooth, or a dental trauma are inconvenient at any time. But if you don’t have a plan on how to manage a dental emergency, any one of these problems can result in much more than an inconvenience. Being prepared begins with knowing how to reach your emergency dentist if the unthinkable occurs to you or a family member.
Discuss your concerns with your family dentist. Very often there is an on call dentist to handle emergencies after office hours or on weekends.
Find out the name and contact information for the emergency dentist. Write this information down and post it where a caregiver will easily be able to access it.
Carry this information with you at all times. You never know when the need may arise.
During office hours, make sure you have the name and contact information of your family provider. Emergency time is usually built into schedules so you can likely be seen very quickly. Make sure your caregivers have access to this information as well.
If you are away on business or vacation, contact a trusted associate or family member for the name of a dentist who can handle your emergency.
A trauma such as losing a tooth, a broken tooth that is painful or producing sensitivity, a severe toothache, excessive uncontrolled bleeding … these are circumstances that would be considered emergencies. A dental problem that has been ongoing is usually not considered an emergency.
Learn How to Handle an Emergency
First of all, remain calm. If bleeding, compress with cotton or a clean cloth to try to control the bleeding.
Call the dentist for further instructions.
If a tooth has been knocked out, your dentist may be able to save it if seen quickly. Replace the tooth, if possible. If not, put the tooth in a glass of milk or a Save-A-Tooth solution and get to the dentist right away. Call ahead so the dental staff will be prepared for the situation.
A good game plan in the event of a dental emergency is important. For more information or additional tips, contact our team today.