What You Need to Know If You Find Yourself Having a Dental Emergency

11 Apr

Dental emergencies are incredibly common, but these situations are always frightening. Below is some information to help you determine whether you are having a dental emergency and the best action steps to take.

How to know if you are having a dental emergency

Not every situation that results in pain or tooth damage is a dental emergency. In some cases, patients think they are experiencing an emergency but may actually be able to wait a couple days to see the dentist. However, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may need immediate treatment:

  • Severe pain
  • Lost teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Signs of infection

What to do in a dental emergency

If you believe you are having a dental emergency, you should contact Infinity Smile Center immediately to make an urgent appointment. If you can’t see Dr. Harry Ashitey right away, do what you can to keep yourself comfortable while you wait for your appointment.

  • If you have lost a tooth, carefully collect the tooth without touching the root. Clean the tooth without scrubbing it and reinsert it into the socket if possible. If you are unsuccessfully in reinserting the tooth, place it in a container with milk until you arrive to the dentist's office.
  • If you have signs of an abscess or infection, rinse your mouth with saltwater periodically until your appointment.
  • If you have a cracked tooth that is causing severe pain, take over-the-counter pain medication and use a cold compress to bring down the swelling.

Dental emergencies can seem overwhelming, but you can prevent serious complications if you take the right actions. If you are having a dental emergency, or if you aren't sure whether your situation constitutes an emergency, please contact Infinity Smile Center today.

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