Dental emergencies are stressful, and, by definition, unexpected. That is why it can be so helpful for patients to make contingency plans, so that they know exactly what to do when faced with dental trauma. In this short article our Elmhurst emergency dentists are giving you some tips on how to deal with emergency dental situations—let’s get started!
There are a number of different types of dental emergencies, but, no matter what the specific situation, you’ll benefit from knowing who to call when faced with dental trauma. Take the time now to touch base with your dentist, and determine whether they offer emergency services. If they do, is there a specific phone number or e-mail address you should use to reach them? If they do not, do they have a recommendation on another dentist you can contact?
Once you’ve gathered this information, write it down and keep it in an easily accessible place. You can maintain a hard copy on your refrigerator, for example, and also keep the info in your phone.
Speaking generally, when faced with a dental emergency, you want to try to keep as much of your natural dental material intact as possible. Do not clear away any nerves or tissues, for example, that may be loose, or attached to damaged teeth.
If you lose a tooth unexpectedly, the best thing to do is to try to place it back into your gum tissue until you’re able to see your dentist. The tooth should fit back into place pretty easily. If it’s painful, or if it just won’t fit, place your tooth in a glass of milk for transport. Also, bring any broken tooth parts to your dental team, as they can use these pieces to design restorations.
With all that is available in the world of restorative and cosmetic dentistry, dental trauma no longer has to be a long-term problem. Our Elmhurst emergency dentists are happy to answer any questions that may have—just give us a call to learn more and to schedule a consultation!