Stay Cool During A Summer Dental Emergency! [BLOG]
- July 30, 2018
Summer is a common season for dental emergencies because so many of us are spending more time outdoors enjoying lots of physical activity. But not all dental emergencies are the result of a direct oral injury.
Even a toothache needs immediate attention, which is why our team at Gentle Dental Care is glad you stopped by our Plainville, CT dental blog today!
We’re helping you stay cool during a dental emergency and giving you tips on what to do for the most common tooth problems.
How To Stay Cool During A Dental Emergency
Preparation is the best way to avoid panic during an emergency. Having a plan in place, should your summer picnic or afternoon at the baseball park be interrupted by a dental emergency, will help you keep a cool head!
First, we suggest creating your own dental first-aid kit and keeping it at home, or in your car if you’re a family who is always on the go!
Then, make sure you have our number stored in your phone to save time. You’ll know exactly who to call and won’t have to search a phonebook or the internet for care.
In the meantime, here are some specific emergency situations and what to do if you should face them:
*You Have A Toothache*
Like any medical problem, tooth pain is your signal that something is wrong. A non-aspirin pain reliever may help you manage a toothache, but only until you’re able to be seen by the dentist. A toothache could be caused by a minor problem in your mouth, or it could be something serious. That’s why you shouldn’t second-guess yourself. It’s best to err on the side of caution and call us right away so we can help you.
*Your Dental Restoration Breaks*
Tooth fillings, crowns, bridges, and other dental work can fail. Restorations are very strong, but not indestructible, after all.
If you’ve created a home dental emergency kit, it’s not a bad idea to include some sort of dental cement for cases like these. You can use it to keep a broken restoration together while you wait to be seen by the dentist. We can either repair or replace your restoration, depending on your situation.
*Your Tooth Is Knocked Out*
There’s no guessing about whether a knocked-out tooth is an emergency or not!
In fact, it’s probably the worst case scenario compared to other types of dental problems.
If it happens to you or someone in your family, try to find the tooth and bring it with you, if possible. Pick it up by the crown and seal it in a container of milk or water while you head to the dentist office.
We can’t guarantee that we can save the tooth, but it is possible in some cases.
If not, we’ll help you choose the best replacement option to suit your dental needs.
Trust Gentle Dental Care!
You shouldn’t have to be in pain or second-guess yourself about whether your dental problem warrants a phone call to Gentle Dental Care.
We understand that emergencies don’t care about business hours, which is why you can leave a message with our answering service or even page Dr. Peltzer, and we’ll arrange to see you as soon as we can.
You don’t have to take chances with your oral health. You can trust our team to get you out of pain and provide the treatment you need to keep your teeth protected.
Call 860-479-2397 for emergency dental care, or contact us online to schedule a non-emergency appointment.