One way to think about dental emergencies is to consider whether the issue can wait to be addressed during a routinely scheduled appointment or if you need to see Dr. Khanian as soon as possible. There is no definitive “list” for what constitutes a dental emergency.
Some of the issues that could prompt an emergency dentistry visit include:
If you or anyone in your family experiences these or any other distressing dental health needs, call the office right away for guidance on how to respond.
A knocked-out, or avulsed, tooth is among the most common types of dental emergencies for both children and adults. Knowing how to respond can make the difference between saving or losing the tooth.
Begin by locating the tooth, taking care to never touch the root portion. If the tooth is dirty, rinse it under a gentle stream of clean water.
If possible, place the tooth back into its socket and bite down gently on a piece of gauze or clean cloth to hold it in place. You can also try to hold the tooth in the space between your cheek and gums, where it will remain in contact with your saliva.
Another option is to place the tooth in a small container and cover it with room-temperature milk. No matter how you store the tooth, the most important thing is to get in to see Dr. Khanian as swiftly as possible.
Many dental emergencies occur as a result of athletic or fitness accidents. Wearing the proper protective gear can greatly reduce your risk of traumatic dental injuries. Mouth guards and helmets offer protection from sudden impacts.
Coming in for routine dental exams is another great way to reduce dental emergencies. These visits give your dental care team the chance to catch signs of decay or tissue abnormalities in the early stages when treatment is often most effective.
While there are steps you can take to prevent many types of dental emergencies, no degree of preparation can completely eliminate the risk that you may need emergency dental treatment at some point.
Having a trusted team to turn to is a great way to preserve your dental health in the event of a dental emergency. Call All Smiles Family Dentistry as soon as possible to schedule a visit, and know that online booking is also an option for future scheduling needs.