Emergency Dentistry

If it was possible to plan for an emergency, then everyone would do it! However, that is not the reality of the situations that present themselves at, seemingly, the worst possible times. Very few patients tend to think about the possibility of a dental emergency, which can be extremely detrimental if met with a lack of preparation and knowledge of how to remedy the situation. Today’s article focuses on exactly that, as we take you on a journey to finding out how to protect, not only yourself, but also others in your family or even strangers that may need dental emergency assistance.

WHAT QUALIFIES AS A DENTAL EMERGENCY?

There are certain occurrences that qualify as a dental emergency that need immediate care sought quickly, while other dental emergencies, maybe less of an emergency, and more of a reason to schedule an appointment with a dentist as soon as possible. Some possible dental emergencies include:

  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Cracked tooth
  • Temporary dental crown comes loose or falls out
  • Painful or infected tooth
  • Broken jaw or jaw pain of any kind

WHAT CAN YOU DO AT HOME IF THE DENTIST CAN’T SEE YOU?

There are certain things you can do if left without the immediate inspection of a dental professional. In the case that you knock out your tooth, you can save it to give to your dentist to reattach at a later time, ensuring that this tooth stays clean by submerging it in water or milk until getting to the dental office. On the other hand, if the tooth has become cracked or fractured, over the counter pain medication can be used to minimize discomfort until you seek the help of a dentist.

If a temporary crown has become detached, try catching it before the possibility of swallowing it becomes apparent. Try putting Vaseline on the back of the crown to bond it to your tooth until you see a dentist. In the case that you have a painful, or infected tooth, get help from a local dentist and over the counter pain medication in the meantime.

Lastly, you’ve broken your jaw, instead of seeking the help of a dentist, be sure to call 911 or head to your local hospital as soon as possible.

ALWAYS HAVE OPEN WIDE DENTAL READY ON YOUR PHONE

One of the best ways to prepare for a possible dental emergency is something that many may not have done in times past. When met with a dental emergency, many people simply search for a dental clinic that can see them in a moment’s notice. That is where we come in and implore you to save our Phoenix office’s number in your phone! In the case that you are need of emergency dental assistance, the professionals at Open Wide Dental are at your disposal! Feel free to contact us today in order to learn more about us, who we are, how we can help, and how to set up a consultation appointment!

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