Finding yourself or a loved one in a dental emergency can be understandably distressing. As with any medical emergency, finding professional care as soon as possible is essential to getting the problem taken care of. Here at 19th Avenue Dental, our experienced dentist Dr. Shuichi Yamaguchi is equipped to handle dental emergencies with speed and efficiency.
Types of Dental Emergencies
There are many types of dental emergencies that you should promptly visit a dentist’s office for, including:
- Gum and soft tissue injuries
- Severe toothaches
- Severe tooth pain
- Knocked-out teeth
- Objects caught in between the teeth
- Broken teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Lost or broken dental restorations
Please note that injuries to the neck or head, even those that affect the teeth, should be treated by a general doctor or at the emergency room.
What To Do Immediately After a Dental Emergency
Immediately after a dental emergency, before you reach 19th Avenue Dental, there are some steps you can take to minimize discomfort and ensure that the problem can be treated successfully.
Broken or Cracked Teeth
If a tooth cracks or breaks, rinse out your mouth with warm water ASAP to keep the area clean. Additionally, apply an ice pack to the face to minimize any inflammation.
Knocked-Out Permanent Teeth
If a permanent tooth is knocked out, try to keep the area moist until you see the dentist for emergency care. If possible, put the tooth back in the socket, ensuring that it’s not touching the root. Otherwise, put the tooth in milk or in between your gums and your cheek.
For severe toothaches, avoid putting aspirin on the painful tooth or gum tissues. Instead, regularly rinse with warm water to keep the area clean. Flossing to get rid of food caught in the teeth can also help.
Objects Stuck Between Teeth
Objects stuck between the teeth may be addressed at home by gently flossing. Never try to remove an object in between the teeth with a sharp tool. If flossing doesn’t work, it’s time to visit your dentist.
With over 35 years of experience, we can help you manage any dental emergency. Give us a call at 425-385-8130 ASAP after an emergency for assistance.