April 13, 2017
Dental emergencies can be scary. They’re never planned and usually, we’re not prepared for them when they do arise. Most patients tend to act rashly in hysteria, especially if the dental accident is especially painful. This could actually be the most counterproductive way to approach a dental emergency. Your emergency dentist in Scottsdale, Dr. Alex Martin, wants you to take advantage of the moments right after a dental accident occurs. After all, how you react during these few minutes before you visit our office could be the difference between losing and saving your natural permanent teeth.
Common Dental Emergencies
Our office can help you treat a variety of dental emergencies including:
- Jaw injuries
- Lost dental restorations
- Objects stuck between your teeth
- Cracked teeth
- Broken teeth
- Dislodged teeth
- Severe toothaches
- Soft tissue injuries
First and Foremost, Stay Calm!
The most important thing to remember is DON’T PANIC. If you ever find yourself or a loved one experiencing a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to go to your nearest emergency room if your situation calls for it.
For example, if you’ve lost your front two teeth due to a hard blow to the head, go to your nearest emergency room to address your potential concussion first. Give our office a call after all priority health concerns are cared for.
Our office team will do everything in our power to see you on the same day as your dental emergency if your dental accident occurs during business hours. If not, after-hours callers can find Dr. Martin’s personal number on our answering machine for dire circumstances. Dental Emergency? Remember two things: keep calm and contact Dr. Alex Martin!
Handling Dental Emergencies Until You Reach Our Office
Managing a dental emergency correctly may be the difference between undergoing a minor oral procedure and missing major parts of your dental structure. Our office wants you to be able to handle major dental emergencies like these until you receive the necessary medical attention.
Chipped or Broken Teeth
- Save any remaining pieces.
- Rinse your mouth and the pieces using warm water.
- If there’s bleeding, apply pressure until the bleeding stops along with a cold compress in 10-minute intervals to keep any swelling down and relieve pain.
Helpful Tip: You can also place a bit of dental wax or sugar-free gum over the sharp areas in your mouth until you visit our office.
- Retrieve it!
- Rinse it if it is dirty and if possible, try to put the tooth back in place facing the right way. Never force it into the socket.
- If it’s not possible to put it back in place, put the tooth in a small container of milk (or a cup of water containing a pinch of table salt).
Helpful Tip: You have the highest chance of saving your tooth if you keep it moist and see your dentist within an hour of the incident, so visit our office as soon as possible!
Visit Your Scottsdale Dentist ASAP!
Dr. Martin is ready to assist you with your next dental emergency. We’re just a phone call or quick office visit away! Having a local dentist available to you is important when unexpected injuries happen. Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance when you truly need it.
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