September 14, 2016
Welcome back to another blog from your friends at Appalachian Dental Care! Have you every experienced a dental emergency and did not know what to do? Today we would like to provide you with some information to help you handle your next dental emergency like a pro. Hopefully, these do not happen too often, but if they do, you will be prepared!
Our Boone, NC dental office is here to help you through any urgent dental situation you may have. We offer a variety of services, including reconstructive and tooth replacement options, that can help repair and restore your smile. We can even help you get out of pain immediately with any of our sedation options. Please follow these simple tips for handling a dental emergency.
Tip #1: Stop Any Bleeding Right Away
The first thing you need to do is stop any bleeding that may be happening. Apply pressure with clean gauze to stop the flow. If you can not stop the bleeding in a reasonable amount of time (usually about 20 minutes), skip directly to tip #5.
Tip #2: Try To Replace Teeth That Have Be Knocked Out
Have you had a tooth that has been knocked out (or has fallen out on its own)? First, do not panic. Simply try replacing it immediate. Carefully rinse the tooth off and try to place it back into the socket. Be VERY careful not to touch the root of the tooth at any time. The roots are very delicate and can be easily damaged … and they need to be intact to re-secure the tooth. By placing the tooth back into the socket, you are actually protecting the root of the tooth until you can see a dental health care professional.
Please note that we do offer tooth replacement option (such as dental implants) if the tooth is not able to be reattached. However, you can increase your chances of being able to restore it by getting to our office for treatment as soon as possible.
Tip #3: Secure Any Fragments Of Tooth
Have you broken a tooth? If so, do not worry! Our team can most likely repair it! However, we may need all of the pieces! Collect any fragments of tooth (or any teeth that cannot be placed back into the socket if they have been knocked out entirely) and rinse them off. Then, place them in a cup or baggie with milk or water. This will keep them clean and safe until you can be seen at our office.
Tip #4: Call Our Team For An Emergency Appointment
Once any bleeding has stopped and your knocked out teeth or teeth fragments have been secured, please call our office for help. We would be happy to help you schedule an emergency appointment. Because we know that emergencies can happen suddenly, we will do our best to get you in to see a dentist the very same day. If for some reason we cannot, or if you call us after regular business hours, we can still help you get the care you need. When calling after hours, you will be directed to an emergency line for further assistance.
Please remember that the sooner you can see us, the better chance we will have of being able to restore your situation. We can also help you get out of any pain. Please do not hesitate to call us if you need help.
Tip #5: Get To An Emergency Room If Necessary
If any time during your dental emergency you feel like your life is in danger or you otherwise need immediate assistance, please get to an emergency room. Excessive bleeding or completely debilitating pain would both be causes for concern. Do not hesitate to seek help if necessary … emergency professionals are better equipped to handle very urgent or dire situations.
Our Team Is Here For You!
Whether you have a dental emergency or simply need a cleaning, our team is here for you! Please contact our office directly to book an appointment. You can call us at 828-355-5673 or use our online form to request an appointment (though this method is not recommended for emergency situations). We look forward to working with you and meeting all of your dental needs.