Dental Emergency: Do you have a game plan?

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Do you have a game plan if a dental emergency arises? Knowing how to respond to emergencies can help increase your comfort after dental injuries, and even save your teeth until you can get to a dentist for treatment.

If you’ve never considered what to do during a dental emergency, here are a few tips to help you prepare.

Keep Your Dental Office’s Contact Information Handy

When an urgent dental situation occurs, getting ahold of your oral healthcare provider as quickly as possible is essential to securing expedient care. We recommend keeping our practice’s phone number and address stored in your smartphone. Keeping our business cards in the glove box of your car, your wallet, at home, and in your workspace is helpful, too.

When you call our office, providing details about the nature of your emergency will help us prepare for your visit. We can also provide tips to help you manage discomfort for issues like toothaches and minor dental injuries.

What to Do When You Break a Tooth

Broken and chipped teeth are common issues for which patients seek treatment. Whether you chipped a tooth during a meal or broke it while playing a sport, it’s important to seek professional treatment as soon as possible.

After calling our practice, make sure to keep any pieces of a broken tooth moist. Place your broken tooth or its pieces in milk or Save-a-Tooth solution. Save A Tooth (available at most large pharmacies and supermarkets) or milk will help keep your tooth alive until we can see you.

Toothaches

If you wake up with throbbing tooth pain, it’s a sign that something is wrong with your teeth. A toothache normally signifies that the internal structures of your teeth are infected. While you’re waiting for an appointment, you can gargle salt water and take over the counter pain relievers to manage discomfort.

If you incur dental injuries that cause deep facial and oral lacerations or are bleeding profusely, visit your nearest emergency room for treatment.

We are accepting new patients. Call Towson Dental Care today to reserve an appointment with our dentist.