For most of us, a dental emergency is the last thing on our minds and the last thing we want to happen. However, if you’ve ever had a dental emergency, you know just how scary it can be. You have to try to gauge the severity of the issue while also deciding what to do about it – and when you’re in pain, that can be very difficult! So we want to share some advice on what you should do if you find yourself having a dental emergency.
How Urgent Is It?
Some dental issues are urgent, while others can wait to be treated. For example, if your issue occurs over the weekend, you may be better off waiting until Monday to visit our office for treatment. However, if you are experiencing bleeding that won’t stop, you’ve knocked out or lost a tooth, or are experiencing painful swelling and a toothache, you should call our office immediately.
Get in Touch with Us ASAP
Our office hours are from 8-5 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and we will work with you to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. However, if you experience an emergency outside of those times, you should visit the emergency room.
In the Meantime…
Depending on the dental emergency you are experiencing, there may be certain things you can do to ease your pain and try to remain calm while you get the help you need. If you are experiencing swelling and irritation, try dissolving a teaspoon of salt in boiling water and using the solution as a mouthwash. It can relieve pain and reduce swelling. If you have a tooth knocked out, put it in a glass of milk until you can get to the dentist! For other swelling or irritation issues, applying ice can bring you some relief.
Of course, preventing dental emergencies is our primary goal. To that end, be sure you’re practicing good preventive care habits like brushing twice daily, flossing each day, and visiting our office for regular cleanings and exams. To schedule your next appointment or to ask our friendly team any questions, call us today at (716) 507-8042.Contact Us