September 10, 2018
It’s early on a Saturday morning, and you have plans to travel to Athens to cheer on your Georgia Bulldogs. Your fun-filled day is interrupted, though, by a painful toothache. You want to get relief fast as possible so what should you do? Your emergency dentist in Conyers explains how to handle this and other common dental emergencies as you continue reading.
Is This a Dental Emergency?
If you have sharp pain radiating through your jaw or a lost or broken tooth, then you have a dental emergency on your hands. There two things that should be done initially, no matter what the specific type of issue you have:
- Don’t Panic – At the first sign of a dental emergency, it’s very important to take a deep breath and fully assess what the situation is. Thus, you can make the correct next steps.
- Contact Your Emergency Dentist – After identifying as best you can what the problem is, you should immediately contact your emergency dentist so you can be seen.
Although the above applies to any emergency situation, there are still specific things you can do for particular types of dental trauma.
Do This for a Serious Toothache
A severe toothache is usually brought on by either a bad break or advanced tooth decay. Still, there are times when a piece of food may be wedged between your teeth. To rule this out, carefully floss around the painful digit.
If the pain persists, then contact your emergency dentist. Until you can be seen, you can take ibuprofen for pain relief and apply ice to reduce any swelling.
Addressing a Lost Tooth
If a tooth is knocked out, grab it by the crown and carefully rinse it off. Place it back in its rightful place and gently bite down. If that isn’t possible, then soak the tooth in a cup of milk to keep the roots alive until your dentist can reattach it.
Handling a Broken Tooth
A sudden blow to the face or a bad fall can leave you with a broken or cracked tooth. If any parts of the tooth are left loose or fall out, gather the pieces and bring them with you when you visit your emergency dentist.
On a relaxing Saturday morning, the last thing you want to deal with is a dental emergency, but with the help of your dentist in Conyers, you can get the relief you need so you can be in Sanford Stadium for the next Bulldog, gridiron battle!
About the Author
Dr. Daniel Hodges earned his dental degree from the Medical College of Georgia and has gone on to notch 34 years of expert care. He combines his experience, vast knowledge and commitment to take continuing education courses to provide the absolute best in comprehensive care to his patients. If you have a dental emergency, you can be restored at Dr. Hodges’ private practice, and he can be reached for more information through his website.
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