Dental emergencies can occur anywhere and anytime. Knowing what to do in these situations and when to seek emergency dental care can help you to save your smile. Talk to your dentist if you have questions about what to do during an emergency to help you prepare and act quickly.
Don’t Ignore Pain
Many people worsen dental problems by ignoring them. Don’t ignore tooth pain in the hopes that it will go away, especially if it is intense and lasting. Pain could indicate any number of dental complications, including a lost filling, tooth infection, or cracked tooth. Schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible if you are experiencing pain or sensitivity from a tooth.
Address Bleeding Immediately
Injuries to the soft tissues of your mouth should be addressed even if teeth have not been damaged. Stop any bleeding by pressing a soft towel or gauze to the area. Swelling can be minimized with an ice pack placed against the outside of the cheek over the affected area. If bleeding does not stop, call your dentist or visit an urgent care center. Even after the bleeding stops, contact your dentist for an exam to ensure no damage was incurred where you might not be able to see it.
Quick Treatment Is Key
When a tooth is dislodged or knocked out, time is of the essence. Getting to your dentist within half an hour significantly increases the chance that the damaged tooth can be saved rather than replaced. Find the tooth if it has been knocked out and rinse it gently in water—but don’t scrub. Hold it in place in the socket if possible, otherwise place it in a glass of saltwater or milk on your way to the dentist.
Park 56 Dental offers emergency dental care in NYC. You can reach us by calling (212) 826-2322 to find out more about how to prepare for an emergency and what course of action to follow. Our website also has more information about general and cosmetic dental care to enhance and maintain your smile.