You’re enjoying the new spring season with people you love, going out to dinner, attending parties or sporting events, and maybe even touring a new destination on a family trip.
And suddenly, you’re face-to-face with a painful dental problem.
Our team at Cosmetic Dental Associates can help!
Today, we’re talking about some common dental emergencies and how to spring into action with help from our expert dentists in San Antonio!
Spring Into Action With These Dental Emergency Tips!
Here are three dental emergency tips that could save your smile!
*Don’t Ignore A Toothache*
We wanted to begin with this one because many people assume that because there isn’t a visible problem with your tooth, you’re not experiencing a dental emergency.
But this isn’t true!
A toothache is a dental emergency, and you should never ignore or dismiss it.
That’s because the sort of issues that can cause a severe toothache will only get worse the longer you go without treatment. In fact, if the tooth pain is a result of an oral infection, you’re putting your overall health at risk by not going to the dentist right away!
All that aside, though, we never want our patients to be in pain! That’s why we encourage you to call us when you have a toothache so we can arrange to see you in our San Antonio, TX office as soon as possible, relieve your pain, and eradicate the problem swiftly.
*Manage Pain & Swelling With A Broken Tooth*
A broken, chipped, or cracked tooth will likely cause dental pain and discomfort. You should give us a call right away to set up the soonest possible appointment with one of our dentists, and to receive any other necessary instructions from one of our team members.
In the meantime, all you can really do with a broken tooth is to manage any bleeding, pain, or swelling.
First, control the bleeding with a clean cloth or sterile gauze pads. If you can’t stop the bleeding, head to the nearest emergency room.
If bleeding isn’t a problem, you can just focus on pain management until the dentist can see you. Apply gentle pressure to the injured area with a cold compress to reduce swelling and inflammation. You can also take over-the-counter non-aspirin pain relievers to ease your pain and discomfort until someone from our team can administer restorative dental treatment to repair your tooth.
*Act Fast To Save A Knocked-Out Tooth*
The last mistake you want to make when your tooth has been knocked out is to throw it out assuming it can’t be saved.
Acting fast to save a knocked-out tooth helps keep your treatment options open, because if we can preserve it, we will!
Here are steps you can take in preparation for your emergency dental appointment:
- If you can find the tooth, only pick it up by the crown, NOT the root!
- Gently and carefully rinse the tooth with water only to remove any dirt or debris.
- Keep your tooth moist by placing it back in its socket, inside your cheek, or in a sealed container of milk or water, and then head to the dentist office!
It’s also a good idea to have your own dental emergency kit so you have sterile gauze, a sealed container, non-aspirin pain relievers, and any other items that might be helpful in a situation that affects your teeth and gums.
Call Us For Emergency Dental Care!
Our experienced dentists in San Antonio, TX have seen it all, so when you’re facing a dental emergency, you can count on us to handle it with ease!
We will do everything we can to fit you in right away, ease your dental pain, and treat your emergency quickly and effectively so you can carry on with your fun spring plans!
For a same-day appointment, call Cosmetic Dental Associates at 210-951-4444 (Medical Center) 210-942-5047 (Alamo Ranch) or fill out our online form for a non-emergency appointment.