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Stop Emergencies Before They Happen!

As we’ve become established in the community, our practice has been seeing more and more people walk through our doors to get dental emergencies treated. In our experience, those who don’t make an effort to visit the dentist regularly are more likely to experience dental emergencies.

As it turns out, over 1/3 of Americans don’t visit their dentist regularly, according to recent data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. That means at least 1/3 of Americans are at higher risk of experiencing a dental emergency later in life.

We greatly appreciate those who come to the practice for regular visits, but we understand that many of our patients have friends and family members who may be experiencing a dental emergency.  Instead of allowing their condition to get worse, feel free to refer them to our practice; we’d love to meet them and provide treatment!

The Two Types of Dental Emergencies

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When we talk about dental emergencies, we typically refer to two main circumstances. The first involves short-term trauma typically caused by physical accidents or injuries. These usually occur while playing a sport or after a bad fall. The other circumstance involves a long-term issue as a result of poor oral hygiene. Regardless of the emergency you may be having, both can be treated by Dr. Davis.

A few of the most common emergencies include:

  • Toothaches or sensitivity that comes and goes
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Knocked-out teeth
  • Lost fillings or crowns

In the event that these symptoms or situations appear, it’s crucial that you start by scheduling an appointment the same day the emergency occurs. The sooner you get treatment from a professional, the better the outcome will be.

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How to Treat Dental Emergencies Before Your Visit

Before you get to your appointment, it always helps to manage the emergency beforehand. For example, if your tooth is knocked out, locate it and pick it up only by the crown. Avoid removing tissue still attached to the root as you gently rinse off any dirt or debris. Once cleaned, attempt to place it back into your socket in order to preserve it. If this is impossible, place it in a container of milk or saltwater instead.

In the case of tooth pain, take over-the-counter painkillers like ibuprofen to mitigate any discomfort. Apply an ice pack to your cheek in 20-minute intervals to reduce swelling. Avoid applying pressure to the damaged tooth.

If your crown or filling comes loose and falls out, do your best to locate it, remove any debris and place it back onto your tooth using either dental cement, denture adhesive or petroleum jelly. This will protect the natural tooth underneath until you get to the dental office.

How to Prevent Dental Emergencies

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As mentioned, preventing dental emergencies starts with committing to dental exams and cleanings every six months. Of course, it doesn’t stop there. If you participate in contact or extreme sports, it’s crucial that you wear a mouthguard, particularly a custom-made version, which provides optimal protection and comfort for your smile.

It also involves brushing at least twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste and flossing daily, which both work to remove plaque and prevent decay and gum disease from developing. With these tips in mind, you’re practicing preventive dentistry the right way.

If your friend or family member is experiencing symptoms mentioned on our emergency dentistry page, you’ll want to refer them to us as soon as possible! Those who visit regularly will avoid emergencies for the most part. However, if someone you know is experiencing chronic tooth pain or sensitivity, it’s a sign that a dental emergency is brewing! Don’t wait; contact our office today to schedule an appointment!

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