A dental emergency is one of the last things anyone wants to deal with. While emergencies can happen out of the blue, you can make a game plan for when the unexpected occurs. Here is our dental emergency guide:
Know What a Dental Emergency Looks Like
Having an idea about what a dental emergency looks like helps you recognize one if it happens. You are also free to call us with questions about your situation. Things like broken teeth, severe pain/bleeding, and knocked-out teeth are nearly always considered emergencies.
Severe chips or cracks in your teeth are serious. Your teeth are vulnerable to further damage and exposure to bacteria. If the crack or chip isn’t mild and not causing pain, a same-day appointment may not be necessary, but call us to make sure and schedule one soon.
There are a handful of reasons why you might be experiencing severe tooth and/or jaw pain. Dental abscesses (infections) are a common reason for severe pain. You might also notice swelling and a bad taste in your mouth. It’s very important to get infections treated as soon as possible.
If your gums are bleeding regularly, you most likely have gum disease. When untreated, gum disease worsens and can lead to tooth and bone loss. Call us so we can start treating this issue quickly.
If this happens to you, it’s important to move quickly. Find the tooth (if you can) and pick it up by its top, not its roots. Rinse it gently if it’s dirty. Try and hold the tooth in the socket or, if you can’t do that, put it in a cup of milk. The important thing is that the tooth stays moist. Call us immediately.
Preparing for a Dental Emergency
There are some things you can do to avoid dental emergencies, but it’s best to be prepared. Having an emergency dental kit on hand is an easy and important way to be ready. Your kit should contain an empty container (in case you lose a tooth), dental floss, gauze, and a pain killer like Tylenol. Ibuprofen works for reducing swelling and inflammation, but it is a blood thinner. If you’re bleeding, Tylenol is better.
Getting Emergency Care at Michael Giovannini DDS, Inc.
At our Palmdale office, we’re here to help you with dental emergencies. These situations can be overwhelming and scary, so our goal is to provide peace of mind and high-quality care. If you have any questions about dental emergencies or our other services, please contact us today!