Most people make plans for medical emergency, but often this does not include preparations for a dental crisis. It can mean when your child trips and chips a tooth or one of your crowns falls out; you may be at a loss for what to do. It is essential to find out if your dental office is prepared to handle your family’s dental emergencies. If you live in the Yuma, AZ area, you can trust Sam Carroll, DMD for your dental emergency.
Handling Dental Emergencies
If you crack or break a tooth, it is important to rinse your mouth with warm water and put a cold compress or ice pack on your face next to the area where the affected tooth is. The water will help cleanse the tooth, and the ice will help keep swelling down until you can see your dentist.
It doesn’t happen often, but occasionally your crowns, veneers, and fillings can come loose and fall out. If this happens, be sure to save the head, surface or filling and call Dr. Sam Carroll immediately. Waiting too long to get them fixed or replaced can cause harm to the tooth and a lot of unnecessary pain.
If you lose a tooth through some trauma, you need to keep the tooth clean and moist. Rinse any debris off with cold water but avoid scrubbing any remaining tissue of the tooth. Once it is clean, try to reinsert the tooth back into the socket, but if this is impossible, put it between your cheek and gums or in milk to keep it from drying out. It is vital you see your dentist as soon as possible.
Most of the time when we bite our cheek or tongue it is excruciating. It doesn’t cause much bleeding, but if it seems like the injury to your soft tissue is bleeding more than it should, or the bleeding won’t stop, rinse your mouth with saltwater and use a cold compress to deter swelling and call your oral surgeon. Learn about the importance of flossing.
Call our Yuma AZ Dental Office
Check that your dentist will make same-day appointments. If you are having server tooth pain or any other dental emergency, it is vital that your dentist will be able to squeeze you in the same day. If you live in the Yuma, AZ area and have any questions on how to handle your dental emergency, or to make a same-day appointment, Dr. Carroll and his team are ready for your call!