Since you’ll be out and about quite a bit this summer, our team at Carmichael Dental Care wanted to make sure you knew how to be prepared for dental emergencies.
You don’t want an injury to spoil time with family and friends, or threaten your oral health, so here’s how you can use a little prep work to help you stay calm if it happens to you!
Be Prepared For A Dental Emergency
The best way to stay calm during an kind of emergency is to be prepared.
If you or someone in your family suffers an oral injury, you can have all the tools you need that will help take the guesswork and the panic out of a dental emergency.
*Save Our Phone Number*
Store our number in your phone’s contact list today!
This will save you time and anxiety should you face a dental emergency because you won’t have to think about where to go or look up care providers in the area.
*Have A Separate First Aid Kit For Dental Emergencies*
You can create a separate first aid kit that’s only for dental emergencies so that when the moment happens, you’re ready with all the tools you might need right at your fingertips.
Make sure to label the container you’re using, and include some of the following:
*Gloves (plastic or latex)
*Non-aspirin Pain Relievers
*Small Container w/Lid
Avoid Panic In A Dental Emergency
Below are the dental emergencies we see most in our Montgomery, AL practice and steps you can follow if they should happen to you. These tips can help you avoid panic and possibly save your smile!
*Get Bleeding Under Control First*
Just like any health emergency, the first thing you always want to do is get bleeding under control.
Make sure you’re using a clean, dry cloth and hold it against the wound with enough pressure to stop the bleeding.
Then you should call Carmichael Dental Care and set the earliest available appointment time with Dr. Swartzentruber.
*Try To Save A Knocked Out Tooth*
Losing a tooth doesn’t always mean that’s the end of its story in your smile!
It is possible to save a tooth that’s been knocked out, but first you have to find it. Make sure you only pick it up by the crown and not the root.
Gently rinse it with water to remove debris, and then seal it in a container of milk or water and bring it to your appointment in our Montgomery, AL dental office.
*Manage The Pain Of A Damaged Tooth*
If a tooth is damaged and results in a crack or chip on your enamel, it could be kind of painful.
Using the appropriate dose of OTC non-aspirin pain relievers to stay ahead of the pain, then give us a call. Any trauma to your tooth enamel could open the door for harmful bacteria to infect your tooth, which is what we want to help you avoid.
*Call Us To Replace A Failed Restoration*
If you’re eating dinner with family and friends and suddenly lose or break a dental restoration, you can try to hold it in place with some sort of oral adhesive.
If you’re not in pain, this is something that could wait until the next business day.
However, if your restoration falls out completely, or it’s causing you pain or discomfort, call us right away, and we’ll do all we can to work you in to repair or replace it.
*Use Caution With Loose Teeth*
The most important thing to remember is that you don’t want to mess with a tooth that’s become loose.
That could make it come out, which is the opposite of what you want! First, it’s important for us to take a look at it and determine whether or not it can be saved.
*Don’t Wait To Treat Dental Pain*
Dental pain should never be ignored. Without treatment, the pain will likely become more intense, and whatever is causing the pain will only get worse.
You especially don’t want to risk any possible infection getting into your bloodstream and causing serious health risks.
Call us right away to arrange an emergency appointment, and in the meantime, manage the pain on your own with OTC medication.
Call Us For Help!
Dr. Swartzentruber and our team have just about everything in our Montgomery, AL dental office.
And time after time, we use our skills and advanced technology to help patients get the emergency dental treatment they need so they’re out of pain and out the door with healthy teeth again!