When a dental accident happens, it’s common to feel unprepared or not know what to do. But with our outstanding emergency dentists on your side, Dr. Abbasian, you can be confident that you’ll be taken care of in your time of need. we have the training, experience and advanced technology to handle any emergency, and we make every effort to see you on the same day you call. If you or a loved one need high-quality emergency care or if you have any questions, contact us anytime. We’re always here for you!
HOW TO HANDLE COMMON DENTAL EMERGENCIES
In an emergency, you may assume you should go to the nearest hospital for care, but our team is better equipped to handle dental emergencies, including sudden accidents like knocked-out teeth as well as chronic problems like toothaches. Regardless of your situation, start by calling us right away. We’ll schedule the first available appointment and give you first-aid advice over the phone. You can also use the tips below to stay comfortable until your visit.
Toothache or Swelling
Swish with lukewarm saltwater several times and apply a cold compress to the outside of your lip or cheek. It’s fine to take over-the-counter pain medication, but remember that you still need to come in for care, even if your pain subsides. You may have a serious dental infection that can spread to other areas of your body and become dangerous or even life-threatening if left untreated.
Chipped or Broken Teeth
For any discomfort, take over-the-counter pain medication as directed and cover sharp edges with dental wax from the store. To prevent breaking the tooth again, minimize hard, crunchy foods and chew on the opposite side until we see you.
We have the best chance of saving your tooth within one hour, so be sure to call us immediately. For adults, try to place the tooth back in its socket. If that’s not possible or if you’re helping a child, transport it in a cup of milk to keep the tooth healthy and “alive.” If milk isn’t available, hold the tooth in your cheek pouch. You must keep it moist but only use tap water as a last resort because it can actually damage the tooth.
Lost Filling or Dental Crown
Start by rinsing your mouth out with lukewarm water. If you’ve lost a crown, use a small dab of toothpaste or dental cement from the store to put it back on your tooth. Don’t use any other type of glue because it can damage the crown and make it more difficult for us to repair.
HOW TO PREVENT DENTAL EMERGENCIES
Unfortunately, you can’t always avoid a dental emergency. But the following tips will minimize your chances of experiencing one:
• Brush at least twice a day and floss once.
• Wear a custom mouthguard for athletic activities.
• Don’t use your teeth to open bottles or packages.
• Don’t chew on hard candies, ice, popcorn kernels, etc.
• Wear a custom-made nightguard for nighttime clenching and grinding.