August 24, 2016
Ignoring a dental emergency can be life-threatening. Just ask the Kentucky man who ended up on a feeding tube last year after not seeking attention for a broken filling. Dr. Julie Valentine, your emergency dentist in Beverly Hills, wants to remind you that seeking professional attention is crucial if you’ve got a dental injury or toothache.
What Counts As a Dental Emergency?
It’s not always easy to know whether or not your situation merits urgent attention. But if you are bleeding, in pain, or have broken something in your mouth, a visit to the dentist’s office should be your next step. A knocked out tooth, for example, has the highest chance for successful reattachment when dealt with in the first two hours after loss. And as Kentuckian Christopher Smith knows, a toothache can turn into an infection that quickly spreads to other parts of your body.
Some of the most common dental emergencies we treat include broken teeth, toothaches, reattaching a tooth that’s been knocked out, lacerations to the soft tissues of the mouth, and foreign objects stuck between the teeth. It’s not an exhaustive list by any means. Dental emergencies come in all shapes, sizes, and forms.
What to Do After a Dental Emergency in Beverly Hills
No matter what’s gone wrong with your oral health, taking these steps before you are able to reach your dentist’s office can help you reduce discomfort and swelling for a speedier recovery.
First, if you’ve got a knocked out tooth, find the missing tooth and rinse it clean of any debris. Make sure you do not touch the tooth’s root. Doing so could damage its sensitive cells and make reattachment impossible. Store the tooth in the empty socket or a cup of milk or water until you can make it to the dentist’s office.
For a broken or dislodged tooth, collect the bigger missing pieces for possible reattachment. Try to gently move a tooth that’s been knocked out of place back into its position. Do not force the tooth. Broken fillings and crowns can sometimes be held in place temporarily with toothpaste or denture adhesive, but it’s certainly not a permanent fix. Contact your dentist immediately.
Children’s dental emergencies can be especially frightening. It may be difficult for them to tell you exactly what’s going on. Sometimes a toothaches are caused by a piece of food that’s gotten caught between teeth. Help your little one floss and rinse to see if that’s what’s causing their pain. If not, call the dentist.
Manage pain with an over-the-counter pain medication, and reduce swelling by applying an ice pack to the affected cheek every 15 minutes. To stop bleeding, apply gentle pressure to the wound with a clean cloth.
The most important thing to remember following any urgent situation? Remain calm. That’s easier when you know you can count on quality emergency dentistry in Beverly Hills. Don’t put off calling Dr. Valentine when the unexpected happens to you or someone you love. We’ll fix the problem and have you back on your way before you know it!
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