If you have ever experienced a dental emergency, you know first-hand it’s scary when something goes wrong with your teeth or gums. Athletes are far more likely to know what we’re talking about — olympians are actually two times as likely to have had a dental injury. Did you know your dentist can provide the quick attention you need? The next time you have a knocked out tooth, a dislodged tooth, a severe toothache, or anything else that’s out of the norm, stay calm and call your emergency dentist in Coeur D’Alene.
Your Emergency Dentist Is Prepared for Your Urgent Situation
After a dental emergency, most people do one of two things. They either head to the emergency room, an unnecessary visit that puts a strain on everyone’s resources. Or, perhaps worse, they don’t seek care at all, believing their situation isn’t really all that serious.
We want people to avoid both scenarios, and place a call to their dentist instead. Dr. Orban is equipped to handle most urgent oral situations. Some of the common issues we treat as emergencies include…
- Knocked out or dislodged teeth
- Broken teeth
- Severe toothache or abscess
- Something lodged between the teeth
- Broken dental work (like a cavity or filling)
Of course, dental emergencies come in all shapes and sizes, and this is not a complete list of all the things that could go wrong. If you or someone you love are bleeding from the mouth, have broken a tooth, or experiencing any type of oral pain, it’s always best to play it safe by giving your dentist a call as soon as possible. Broken bones and uncontrollable bleeding do require emergency medical attention, however — head straight to the emergency room in these cases.
What To Do In an Urgent Dental Situation
It’s not easy to remain calm in the face of an emergency, but keeping your cool couldn’t be more important. Place a call to your dentist immediately, especially after a knocked out tooth. Teeth that remain outside of the gums for longer than two hours are unlikely to be successfully reattached.
You are likely to experience pain, bleeding, and swelling related to your dental emergency. Until you reach your dentist’s office, control inflammation and discomfort with an ice pack applied in 10-minute intervals (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off). Wrap the ice pack in a cloth to protect the sensitive facial skin. Feel free to take an over-the-counter pain medication to reduce discomfort, too. Your dentist may prescribe something stronger as needed.
It is important to note that a child may complain of a toothache that is actually caused by a large food particle caught between the teeth. If your child has an aching tooth, first help her brush, floss, and rinse her mouth. Contact your dentist immediately if pain persists.
Save Dr. Orban’s Number In Your Phone
Don’t be caught unprepared during your next dental emergency. What can you do today to get ready for the unexpected? It’s simple — save our number in your phone. Because you never know when you will need to contact Orban Family Dental for urgent care!