How to Handle a Dental Emergency
Know how to address a dental emergency if it happens to you.
It can be scary suddenly being faced with a damaged tooth. Before panic sets in, the best thing you can do is remain calm. Know that you have our Frederick and Urbana, MD, general dentists - Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Amadeus Lopez, and Dr. Melanie Smith, as well as our oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Jennifer Smith - standing by to help when something like this happens.
So, what exactly constitutes a dental emergency?
It isn’t always easy to know when to come into our Frederick and Urbana dental office for treatment or whether you should just wait a problem out. When it comes to dental issues, most of them won’t get better without proper attention and care. Seeking professional dental treatment is a necessity, and the sooner the better. Of course, we understand that you may be feeling rather uncomfortable, so here are some ways to ease your symptoms until you make it to our office:
If you are experiencing a toothache this could be a sign of severe decay or an infection. Gently rinse your mouth out with warm salt water, which can help to temporarily alleviate pain and swelling. You can also opt for a topical numbing cream from your local drugstore.
This scenario can be a scary one. The most important step is to call us right away. Time is of the essence when it comes to handling a knocked-out tooth. The tooth can often be saved if you come in right after the incident happens. In the interim, make sure to find the tooth, carefully rinse it off and then try to place it back in the socket. If you can’t place it, hold the tooth between your cheeks and head straight to our office.
A Loose Tooth
There are many reasons a tooth may become loose, from severe periodontal disease to a sports-related injury. Very carefully try to move the tooth back into the proper position, then immediately come in to have the tooth treated.
If a part of the tooth has chipped off, try to save the piece and place it in a damp cloth to keep it moist. How we treat a fractured tooth will depend on how much damage has occurred. We may be able to fix minor chips by buffing out the tooth or by placing bonding material over it. In cases of more severe damage, a dental crown may be placed over the tooth to restore it.
If you are dealing with a dental problem, know that Pearlfection Dentistry is ready to provide you with emergency dental care right here in Frederick and Urbana, MD. Put your trust in us.