The last thing you want to do when you’re faced with a dental emergency is wait around, right? That’s what happens when you visit your local emergency room instead of contacting your emergency dentist in Powdersville. You end up sitting around in the waiting room instead of getting quick treatment for your emergency. At Tylan Creek Family Dentistry, we can provide fast relief for your pain. Our goal is to get your oral health back on track as soon as possible.
When you call us about a dental emergency, our team will walk you through some basic first aid over the phone to deal with your problem until you can reach our office. Some of that advice may look like:
Take an over-the-counter pain medication and/or apply a cold compress to your cheek in 10-minute intervals. Sometimes, a filling or round of antibiotics is all that’s needed, but in other cases, root canal therapy may be necessary.
Rinse your mouth with warm water and gather up as many of the pieces of the tooth as you can find. If the remaining tooth has a sharp edge, cover it with dental wax or sugar-free gum. Oftentimes we’re able to salvage broken teeth, but if the damage is too severe, we may have to extract it entirely.
Pick up the tooth WITHOUT touching the pointed root and give it a gentle rinse, taking care to not remove any attached tissue. Place it back in the socket and keep it there by biting down on a piece of gauze or cloth. Alternatively, the tooth can be stored in your cheek pocket or a container of milk. In order to be viable for reattachment, it’s imperative that the tooth stay wet.
Give the restoration a quick rinse before attempting to place it back on your tooth. You can use a bite of toothpaste to better attach it. Avoid chewing with that tooth until you can see us for a more permanent reattachment.
You can’t always stop a dental emergency from happening, but here are some tips to lower their likelihood of occurring: