Your Mt. Holly Emergency Dentist
What Constitutes a Dental Emergency?
If you are experiencing significant pain, bleeding, or dental damage, the situation is likely urgent. It is important to us that our patients know we’re always happy to help them because we would rather they visit us when problems are still small and easily managed. Our team trusts patients to know when they’re experiencing an emergency, but some of the most common dental emergencies we treat include:
- Avulsed (knocked out), chipped, cracked, fractured teeth
- Avulsed, chipped, cracked, fractured dental crowns, bridges, and other restorations
- Damaged or broken partial and full dentures
- Severe toothache especially with sensitivity to temperature that may be indicative of root canal infection
- Infection in the gums around a specific tooth that may indicate an abscess
- Soft tissue lacerations or damage
What First Aid Steps Can I do at Home?
The most important thing to remember in any emergency is to do your best to remain calm. Panicking elevate blood pressure and exacerbates other problems. Take a few moments to breathe, and carefully examine your injury or ask a friend or family member to do so. Then, contact our team right away. We’re happy to walk patients through caring for urgent dental damage over the phone. Some simple ways to protect your smile during an emergency include:
- Clean any cuts or broken or avulsed teeth with warm water. Do not scrub damaged areas or teeth. Simply use gentle water pressure to remove foreign debris and give you a clearer picture of the damage.
- If you’re bleeding or experiencing pain or swelling, apply a cold compress at 20 minute intervals (20 on and 20 off).
- If you have a toothache, try brushing and flossing around the sensitive area in order to ensure there’s not food or other foreign matter stuck between teeth. Do not apply an aspirin to the area. This home remedy is not typically effective, and may cause damage to soft tissue.
- If you’ve lost a tooth, try to replace it in the vacated socket and hold it in place by biting down on gauze. This protects the affected area and tooth until you reach our office.
How Can I Prevent Emergencies?
In most cases, emergencies are not predictable or preventable, but there are a few situations in which exercising caution can help keep you and your smile safe. One of the most important things to remember is to avoid using teeth as tools. Many of the cases of broken and chipped teeth we see occur because patients were using teeth to open packages or crack nuts. Additionally, protect teeth by wearin an athletic mouthguard during any sporting event where teeth may come in contact with other players, hard surfaces, or equipment.