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Your Dental Emergency Guide

YOUR DENTAL EMERGENCY GUIDE Did you know that most dentists set times aside and are available after hours for Dental Emergencies? Knowing this, you should keep handy your dentist's after hours contact info. What is considered a Dental Emergency? See below. DECAYED TEETH Common dental emergencies include: SWELLING, KNOCKED-OUT BROKEN/ PAIN ON INFLAMMATION TRAUMA TO BLEEDING, TOOTH FRACTURED BITING AROUND WISDOM TOOTH FROM SEVERE PAIN TOOTH TEETH ACCIDENT HOW SOON SHOULD I SEE A DENTIST FOR A DENTAL EMERGENCY? Getting to a dentist within 30 minutes can make the difference between saving or losing a tooth. Here is what you need to know if you or a family member needs after-hours or urgent care: Before an emergency arises, find out how to contact your dentist if you need urgent care treatment or treatment after normal office hours. Typically, dentists have a plan for how they can be reached in case of emergency, or will make prior arrangements with other dentists if they are Call unavailable to provide care to you in case you need treatment immediately or urgently. You may also call the local dental society if your dentist is not available to refer you to another dentist for urgent, emergency or after-hours care. All dental plans have provisions for after-hours or urgent care. BELOW ARE SOME TIPS FOR COMMON DENTAL EMERGENCIES: FOR A TOOTH IS KNOCKED OUT: Call your dentist for an emergency appointment. Handle the tooth by the crown, not the root. Touching the root (the part of the tooth below the gum) can damage cells necessary for bone reattachment. If it is not possible to store the tooth in the mouth of the injured person, wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and Gently rinse the tooth in water to remove dirt. Do not scrub. immerse in milk or saliva. If possible, gently place the clean tooth in the socket to keep it moist. It is important not to let the tooth dry out. FOR A TOOTH IS PUSHED OUT OF POSITION: Bite down to keep the tooth from moving. Attempt to reposition the tooth to its normal alignment using very light finger pressure, but do not force the tooth. FOR A TOOTH THAT IS FRACTURED: Rinse mouth with warm water. Use an ice pack or cold compress to reduce swelling. Use ibuprofen, not aspirin, for pain. Call your dentist, who will determine treatment based on how badly the tooth is broken. Only a dentist can tell how bad the break is. BE PREPARED FOR A DENTAL EMERGENCY Your emergency dental-care kit should include: Call DENTIST'S PHONE HANDKERCHIEF SMALL CONTAINER PLASTIC TWEEZERS COTTON ROLLS DISPOSABLE NUMBERS WITH LID DENTAL MIRROR (home and office) ANTISEPTIC WIPES STERILE GAUZE PADS ANTIMICROBIAL STERILE GAUZE TEMPORARY TEMPORARY DENTAL WAX MIXING BOWL SKIN WIPES PADS CEMENT FILLINGS EMERGENCY MANUAL ACETAMINOPHEN (not aspirin or ibuprofen INSTRUCTIONS because they can act as a blood thinner and cause excessive bleeding) SHEET HOW TO AVOID A DENTAL EMERGENCY Wear a mouth guard when participating in sports or recreational Good oral hygiene at Avoid chewing ice and hard candy, all of which can crack a Frequent visits to the dentist (at least twice a year). Use scissors, NEVER your teeth, to cut things. home activities. tooth. Sources:

Your Dental Emergency Guide

shared by GlendaleDentalGroup on Jan 30
Dental emergencies often arise out of accidents, and as with other types of emergencies, you have to deal with it immediately or face tooth loss, or worse. But as the cliché goes, an ounce of prevent...


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