Steps You Should Take in a Dental Emergency
Dental emergencies come in all shapes and sizes and at all hours of the day and night. Whether you need pain relief or just some reassurance, you need a solution, and you need it now.
In some cases, a dental emergency makes it a challenge just to think clearly. So, it’s best to arm yourself with some knowledge beforehand. That way, you know what immediate steps you can take until you see your emergency dentist in Medina, OH.
Common Emergencies and How to Handle Them
A knocked out tooth is the most critical of all emergencies because there’s a window of only one or two hours in which there’s a chance of replacing it in its socket.
Hold the tooth by the crown, and take care not to disturb the root or any attached tissue. Place the tooth in a container of milk, water, or saliva to keep it moist until you get to your dentist’s office. If your dentist is not immediately available, have someone drive you to the nearest emergency room for treatment.
Tooth pain of any kind is an indication that a serious problem is developing that needs attention. Call your dentist right away to make an appointment, and take an over-the-counter pain medication like Advil. To reduce any swelling, use a cold compress on and off the affected area at 20-minute intervals.
Broken or Chipped Tooth
Gather up any tooth fragments and rinse your mouth with warm water. Use a cold compress off and on the affected area to help minimize pain or swelling.
Lost Crown or Filling
A lost crown is not a critical emergency, but it does need to be replaced to prevent further damage. Put the crown in a safe place until you see your dentist. A lost filling will need to be replaced.
We Can Provide the Relief You Need
At Sinick Family Dental, we understand how upsetting any emergency can be, so please don’t hesitate to call our office at (330) 587-9292, and we will see you as soon as possible, usually, the same day if you're in pain.