What are Some Emergency Dental Tips?
At Mouth Carolina Dentistry, Dr. Greenberg is not only a general and cosmetic dentist; he is also available to patients as an emergency dentist. Charleston area residents are able to undergo emergency services whether they are existing patients or new patients of Mouth Carolina Dentistry. Even after you have scheduled an emergency visit to the dentist, it is important to have some knowledge of dental first aid when things don’t exactly go as planned. Here are some basic tips to help get you through until you’re able to see your dentist.
Tooth that is knocked out
If a tooth has been knocked out of the mouth, it is important to follow a few simple steps to ensure that the area remains sterile and that the possibility of reattaching the tooth still exists. If the tooth is completely knocked out, Dr. Greenberg suggests soaking the tooth itself in milk and bringing it to your appointment. Patients are encouraged to use a salt-water mix to use as a mouth wash after the injury in order to control bleeding and keep possible infection at bay.
Restoration That Becomes Loose or Falls Off
When a restoration, such as a crown, veneer, or bridge falls off the tooth, it may be essential to reattach it temporarily to keep the tooth from becoming sensitive. Dental cement or over-the-counter denture adhesive can be used to bond the restoration back in place temporarily until you are able to get in for your emergency dental visit.
Whether it’s from an abscess or a deep cavity, patients may experience severe pain until they can get to the dentist. Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol can help patients reduce the amount of pain they are experiencing from a toothache. Never use aspirin as it can result in increased bleeding. A warm salt-water mouth rinse can help reduce infection, and sometimes an ice pack can be held against the mouth to lessen the pain and discomfort associated with a toothache. In some cases, a root canal or extraction may be needed to treat this problem, but Dr. Greenberg will examine the patient and decide the best course of action needed to address the problem.
No matter what the situation, Dr. Greenberg and the staff at Mouth Carolina Dentistry will do their best to ensure that you get into the dental office to address any dental emergency that may arise. Not everything in our lives goes as planned and dental well-being is definitely no exception. If you are in need of an emergency dentist, and live in the Charleston area, call us to get in for a fast and affordable appointment!Back to Dental Library Page