What To Do Before Your Emergency Visit

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A dental emergency is any damage or discomfort in your teeth or gums, such as a chipped or cracked tooth. These issues need immediate attention to prevent major complications, such as cavities or dental infections, or possibly even tooth loss! But what should you do before you arrive at your Newhall, CA, dentist’s office?

Chipped Teeth

If you chip or break a tooth, then rinse with warm water and use cloth or gauze to stem any bleeding. Take an over-the-counter pain reliever to ease discomfort, and then recover any pieces of the tooth you can and bring them with you to the office. To reduce facial swelling, place a cold compress or ice pack against the side of the face.

Knocked-Out Teeth

If a tooth is loose but not out, don’t apply any pressure to the area and avoid eating or drinking. Take a pain reliever to ease discomfort, and see us as soon as possible. If the tooth is knocked-out completely, then pick it up by the crown, never touch the roots, and place it in a glass of milk. Bring the container to the office with you. Rinse your mouth with warm water, and use cloth or gauze to control bleeding. Again, a cold compress or ice pack to the side of the face is a great way to control swelling. If possible, we will try to replant the tooth.

Loose/Missing Restorations

If you have a loose or missing crown or filling, let us know as soon as possible. Avoid very hot or cold foods and drinks, and don’t consume foods or drinks high in sugar. The exposed tooth will be very sensitive and this could cause discomfort! Let us know as soon as possible. We will replace your lost restoration and restore health and comfort to your smile again.

Objects Caught Between Your Teeth

If you have an object lodged between your teeth, try to remove it by rinsing with warm water and gently flossing between the teeth. Should this fail to remove it, then don’t use any other items to try and remove the object, as you risk damaging your gum tissues or teeth. Contact our team and we will extract the trapped object! We also suggest making an appointment should you develop a sudden and painful toothache, as this could mean you have a serious infection or abscess. If you have any questions about our approach to emergency dental care, then contact our team today.

Do You Have Questions About Emergency Dentistry?

Don’t let damaged teeth impact the health, stability, and beauty of your smile. To learn more about treating dental emergencies, then please schedule a consultation by calling Newhall Dental Arts in Newhall, CA, today at (661) 259-7760.