Dental emergencies are scary! They can be painful, sometimes there is blood, or maybe you're not even sure that what you're experiencing qualifies as an emergency.
If you suspect that you're experiencing a dental emergency in Sarasota, the first thing to do is remain calm; the next step is to contact your dentist right away. They can help you determine if you are in the midst of an emergency and what steps to take next.
When you know how to handle a dental emergency, it may not seem so stressful. Here are a few helpful tips on what to do during common emergency situations.
If you are experiencing dental pain or a toothache that is constant, this could be an indicator of an infection. A dental infection will not go away without treatment, so it's important for you to contact your dentist rather than waiting for ibuprofen or other remedies to take effect. In fact, the quicker you act, the better the chances are that root canal therapy may be able to save your tooth.
A Lost or Broken Restoration
If you have a dental crown or filling that breaks or falls out, you will need it to be repaired or restored. Contact your dentist to determine if it needs immediate attention or if you can schedule an appointment.
A Tooth That is Knocked Out
In this situation, your tooth needs to be treated right away. In fact, the sooner the better so your dentist can save it. Transport your tooth carefully either in milk or by placing it back in its socket. Try to handle the tooth as little as possible.
Soft Tissue Injuries
Injuries to your gums or soft tissues may tend to bleed a lot. Stop the bleeding with a cold compress applied with light pressure. Then contact your dentist for further instructions.
A Chipped or Broken Tooth
If your tooth breaks, gather as many pieces as you can and get to your dentist. There are a few treatment options for repairing a broken tooth and your dentist can help determine which one is right for you.
If your tooth is chipped, it may just need to be smoothed out. Contact your dentist to schedule an appointment as even a minor chip can irritate your tongue or soft tissues.
If you or loved one needs help during a dental emergency, your team at Sarasota Dental Arts is here to help! Don't hesitate to call us.