What Do I Do if I Have a Dental Emergency?
The first thing you should do if you think you might have a dental emergency is resist the urge to panic. Dental emergencies are hardly ever life-threatening, although they can be painful. You should seek treatment as quickly as you can, but remain calm.
What is a Dental Emergency?
Routine dental matters are not emergencies. Losing a filling, for instance, is not generally something that has to be attended to immediately, although you should still see your dentist as soon as you reasonably can. If you lose a filling and it takes a huge chunk of your tooth along with it, and the insides of your cheeks are being scraped, that is still probably not an emergency.
Now, if you have had a trauma to your mouth that has knocked a tooth out, that is indeed a dental emergency. So if this happens, the first thing you should do is try to locate the tooth. Pick it up, but do not touch the root. Rinse the tooth gently, and if it is possible for you to fit it back into the socket, do that. If it is not possible, place it in a container of milk and call your dentist. This is a dental emergency, and he will make every effort to get you in for treatment.
Any injury that causes a cut or a puncture on the inside of your mouth is also an emergency. Clean the affected area with warm water, and if you need to apply pressure to slow the bleeding, do so. Again, call your dentist for immediate treatment.
A dental infection is also a dental emergency. Any serious swelling in your jaw, or in your cheek or eye area, requires immediate attention. If you do not see your dentist right away so that he can prescribe antibiotics, you could end up having to visit the ER to have antibiotics administered intravenously.
Dr. Thomas J. Pray will always do everything possible to be available to you in the event of a dental emergency. Call our office at 518-885-8321 so that you can arrange to see us at 128 Milton Avenue, Ballston Spa, NY 120202. If the emergency occurs after hours, leave a message, or get in touch with us using the form on our Contact Us page. If you feel you need immediate attention after hours, go to your hospital’s emergency room. Never allow a genuine dental emergency to go untreated.