What should I NOT do during a dental emergency?
As frustrating, painful, and even scary as a dental emergency can be, the number one rule is this:
Stay calm and call our office right away. We usually have same-day appointments available so we can get you in and help you feel better fast. In the meantime, we can give you advice to help you stay comfortable until you can be seen.
We know that there are a few myths floating around regarding how to treat a dental emergency, but these are, unfortunately, often bad advice.
If you are experiencing an emergency, please don’t do any of these things:
- Ignore the pain and hope it goes away. Pain that goes away could indicate that the nerve is dead, which will require more extensive treatment soon.
- Put aspirin on your tooth. While taking an over-the-counter pain medication like aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil), or acetaminophen (Tylenol) can help make you more comfortable, applying aspirin directly to the painful spot can actually cause more damage. A topical pain reliever like Orajel could be helpful, though!
- Pull your own tooth. Not many people will attempt this, but don’t assume that we can’t save the tooth or that pulling it will solve the pain. Let us take a look instead!
If your tooth hurts, your gums are swollen, or you have an injury, please call Sarasota Dental Arts quickly so we can help you feel like yourself again!