What to Do In a Dental Emergency

November 15th, 2014 → 6:24 pm @

Accidents can still happen, even if you consistently brush, floss, and see your dentist for regular cleanings. It is important to be aware of what can happen, and to know what to do in the case of a dental emergency.

When a Tooth Gets Knocked Out
The first step is to have someone call the dentist immediately to make an emergency appointment. Secondly, it is extremely important to keep the tooth moist in order to protect it. The best option is to place the tooth back in its socket. If that is not possible, it is recommended to wrap it in clean gauze and place it in a glass of milk.

When a Tooth is Cracked or Fractured
It is important to rinse your mouth out with warm water. Then make sure to apply a cold compress or ice pack to the affected area, in order to minimize swelling. Call your dentist immediately to make an appointment. The next step will depend on how bad the fracture is. For minimally fractured teeth, it is possible to smooth it over or use a composite restoration. For more severely fractured teeth, your dentist might recommend various options to replace it.

Ways to Prevent Dental Emergencies
Accidents do happen, but by taking certain precautions you can decrease the chance of a dental emergency. When you are participating in physical activity that has a lot of contact, it is recommended to wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. If you are eating hard foods such as hard-crusted breads, hard candy, or even ice, it is always good to take extreme care to not crack your teeth. Lastly, never use your teeth to open bottles, hard-plastic packages, or other similar items.

If you are in the Lake Mary or Sanford area and experience a dental emergency, call Sanford Dental Excellence right away. Dr. Seidler and his friendly staff are trained to provide you with the best care possible. For apprehensive or anxious patients, we provide premier sedation dentistry services. You can reach us at (407) 268-6409.

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