Dental Emergencies: How To Stay Calm And Carry On [BLOG]

  • August 16, 2017

When a dental emergency happens to you, the last thing you need to worry about is where to go for help. That’s why our team at Amber Dental is devoting today’s blog to dental emergencies and how you can stay calm if or when it happens to you or someone you love.

Before we get started, we want you to know you can count on our team of highly-trained professionals at Amber Dental. Our Sterling Heights dental office has the advanced technology and the caring, competent staff you need to treat your dental problem and get you out of pain fast!

Save Our Sterling Heights Contact Info In Your Phone

One of the best ways to stay calm in any emergency is to have a plan in place before it even happens. Taking as much guesswork as you can out of the equation will help you focus on other things that will require your calm attention in the moment.

That’s why we suggest saving the phone number of our Sterling Heights dental office in your phone today so you can access help immediately during a dental emergency. Our staff can help you take the necessary steps to help save your teeth.

Stop Bleeding First!

While every emergency situation is different, one thing doesn’t change. If you’ve injured the soft tissues in and around the mouth, like lips, cheeks, gums, or your tongue, you’ll likely experiencing bleeding.

If that’s the case, it’s important to do what you can to stop any bleeding first by applying direct pressure to the injury. Make sure to use a clean cloth or sterile gauze when doing this. If you can’t get the bleeding under control, head to your closest emergency room. Then call Dr. Ardelean for your next steps.

Have A Home Dental Emergency Kit

Whether you purchase a ready-made dental emergency kit, or you create your own, having one in your home is a great way to be prepared. Be sure you keep it in a place that’s easy to remember and easy to access. Label the box clearly.

Common dental emergency kits might include items such as:

-A clean, dry washcloth

-Sterile gauze pads

-Small plastic baggies or a container with a lid

-OTC pain relievers

-Plastic Gloves

Other Tips For Dental Emergencies

Along with storing our contact information and a home dental emergency kit, here are some specific instructions to remember:

A Knocked Out Tooth

If you knock out a tooth and are able to find it, make sure you only pick it up by the crown and not the root end. Gently rinse it off and either try to put it back in its socket, inside your cheek, or in a sealable container filled with water or milk.

A Loose Tooth

To be on the safe side, you shouldn’t mess with a loose tooth or eat anything until you’ve had it looked at by Dr. Ardelean. You can use a cold compress or pain relievers, if needed, until you’re able to be seen.

A Damaged Or Broken Tooth

If your injury has resulted in a cracked, chipped, or broken tooth, you can rely on pain relievers to manage discomfort until you get to our dental office. Any swelling can be helped with a cold compress as well.

You should also give our office a call right away because the longer you wait to repair a damaged tooth, the more opportunity you’re giving the bad bacteria in your mouth to seep in a cause even bigger dental problems.

A Failed Restoration

If, for whatever reason, you have a broken dental crown or a leaky filling and can’t make it in to see Dr. Ardelean right away, dental cement can be an effective way to “fill” the damaged area for a day or two. Chances are we’ll be able to help you the same day, but if not, it’s a good idea to have dental cement in your home emergency kit.

No matter what your dental emergency involves, Dr. Ardelean and our team at Amber Dental is committed to helping you get out of pain and to treat your dental problem before it gets worse.

Call Amber Dental in Sterling Heights, MI when you have a dental emergency. You can reach us at 586-739-1111, and we’ll do all we can to help you!