Are You Prepared for a Dental Emergency?
There are several things one can do in an effort to be prepared for a dental emergency. Just a few tidbits of knowledge can make a huge difference in the end result starting with a consultation with your dentist to learn about prevention and what to do in the event of a dental emergency.
Selecting a dental provider that offers after hours emergency care is a good first step. Carry both the daytime and after hours number with you and post the numbers at home where they can be easily found like on the refrigerator or right next to the telephone. Quite often emergencies occur somewhere other than home, so immediate access to the appropriate number will offer the best possible result.
Recognizing an emergency as opposed to a situation that does not require immediate action can save both the patient and dental provider a panicked and harried trip to the office. A tooth that has been knocked out is an emergency; however a small chip in a tooth where there is no pain or bleeding can probably wait until the next day.
Many dental emergencies could be averted if the proper precautions were taken.
A patient that has had a toothache for three days is not an emergency. However, for immediate and excruciating throbbing, a call to the dental provider might be indicated.
Once it is determined that there is an emergency and you have called the office to make arrangements to meet the dentist, it is important to follow the correct actions. In the case of tooth loss due to trauma, hold the tooth by the crown and rinse the tooth root in water. If possible the tooth should be placed in a cup of milk until reaching the dental office.
Tooth loss can result in what appears to be significant blood loss so placing a clean cloth or bandage and applying pressure can help.
Many dental emergencies could be averted if the proper precautions were taken. Adults and children alike that engage in physical activities should be fitted with a mouth guard that will protect their teeth and gums. Be proactive and prepared as you never know when a dental emergency will occur.
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