Google may be your friend, but it's not always available when you experience an emergency. Luckily, you can ensure that you know just what to do in the case of a dental emergency by following these tips provided by Asheville, NC, emergency dentists Drs. Alexander Pence, Barry Duncan, and Milton Poulos.
Practice the Three Cs
The three Cs (calm, control, call) can help you manage any dental emergency. When a dental disaster strikes, calm the person who has lost a tooth or is bleeding. If the injured person, whether that's you or someone else, reacts impulsively, long-lasting damage may occur to the teeth, gums, mouth or jaw. For example, forcing a tooth back into it's normal position if it doesn't move easily can damage tissue or the ligaments that help support the tooth.
Next, establish control of the situation by taking steps to decrease pain and preserve the tooth. Finally, call our Asheville office immediately to schedule your appointment with your emergency dentist.
Treating Common Dental Emergencies
Not sure what to do if a dental emergency occurs? These tips address the most common type of emergencies, including:
- Loose or Displaced Teeth: It's often possible to move displaced teeth back into their normal position by applying gentle pressure. If the tooth doesn't budge, don't worry. Simply call the office as soon as possible. Whether the tooth has moved out of position or is merely loose, it's important to avoid biting with it or applying any pressure to it. Over-the-counter pain medication and ice will reduce pain.
- Knocked Out Tooth: It may be possible to reimplant a knocked out tooth if you receive immediate emergency dental care. After you locate the tooth, rinse it and place it back in the socket. If it won't fit in the socket, place it between your cheek or gum or put in a container filled with milk or your saliva.
- Lacerations to the Face or Mouth: Apply steady pressure with a clean cloth to stop bleeding. Take over-the-counter pain medications to decrease pain.
- Broken Tooth: Cover the edges of the tooth with dental cement (found in drugstores) to dull pain and prevent lacerations from the rough edges.
- Dental Abscesses: Take over-the-counter pain medication and apply ice packs to your face if you experience severe pain, fever, swelling in the face or gums and swollen lymph nodes.
Whether you need emergency dental treatment or a checkup, we're here to help you maintain excellent oral health. Call Asheville, NC, emergency dentists Drs. Alexander Pence, Barry Duncan, and Milton Poulos at (828) 665-1111 to schedule your appointment.