What To Do If …
No matter how careful we may be, dental emergencies happen. And they don’t just occur during contact sports or other physical activities, either. All it takes is one trip over your dog’s leash and BOOM! There goes that front tooth. Since we can’t avoid dental emergencies altogether, the team at Waterford Family Dental Care wants you to be prepared. Here are three of the most common dental emergencies and what to do if when they happen.
- Your tooth gets knocked out: In this case, it’s important to contact my office ASAP. In the meantime, gently rinse the tooth in cold water (do NOT scrub) and place the tooth back in the socket, if possible. If it’s not, don’t force the tooth; instead, place it in a cup of milk or in your own saliva. The faster you act, the more likely you are to save the tooth.
- Your tooth gets chipped or cracked: If you can find any tooth fragments, rinse them with cool water and place them in a cup of milk or saliva. If any nerves or dentin is exposed, you may experience severe pain and will be prone to infection, so it is urgent that you contact me if this happens.
- Your crown, filling, or veneer gets damaged: While these aren’t emergencies in the traditional sense, it is still important that you deal with them before further damage can occur. While you wait for an emergency appointment, try reattaching the crown or covering the space where the restoration used to be with dental wax. If you’re experiencing pain, use an over-the-counter numbing agent (such as Orajel) to help you feel more comfortable.
We hope you never have to experience a dental emergency, but if you do, having a plan in place will increase the chances of maintaining your gorgeous smile. Whether for a dental emergency or a semi-annual exam, let Waterford Family Dental Care handle all of your family’s dentistry needs. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Waterford, Michigan, and the surrounding communities.