What Do I Do if I Have a Dental Emergency?
Dental emergencies come in many different forms. They may occur as suddenly as a traumatic injury to the mouth, or they can develop gradually in the form of dental discomfort until the situation is too much to bear. Whatever you or your family’s current situation is, the important thing to remember is to not panic. Instead, pick up the phone right away and contact the closest Sage Dental Care location in either Westminster, Boulder, or Lafayette, CO for assistance. Our doctors make every effort to see patients in need of urgent treatment as soon as they possibly can, and we can also provide assistance over the phone if you’re unable to reach our office right away.
What Are The Most Common Dental Emergencies?
Here are some of the most common cases we see at our three Colorado offices, as well as helpful first-aid information regarding each of them:
When faced with a bad toothache, it’s important to ensure that something stuck between the teeth isn’t causing the pain. Thoroughly floss and rinse your mouth. If the discomfort persists, contact our practice right away. You may be suffering from a severe infection that requires root canal therapy to treat.
In situations featuring broken teeth, please save any significant parts of the tooth that have come loose and bring them with you to one of our office locations. In the interim, a cold compress held against the appropriate cheek can help minimize swelling that may occur as a result.
When you experience a knocked-out tooth, time is of the essence. The sooner you reach our office, the better chances are that the tooth can be saved. Rinse any foreign debris off the tooth carefully (taking care not to touch or disturb the root and attached tissue) and then place it back into its original socket and hold it there until you reach help. If this isn’t possible, place the tooth in a container of milk for safekeeping.
Other common dental emergencies include:
- Lost Dental Crown or Filling
- Oral Bleeding
- Cut Lip
- Object Stuck Between Teeth
- Jaw Injury
- Gum Tissue Injury