A dental emergency is a serious issue that needs immediate treatment. When teeth are damaged severely or knocked out, dentist have a number of hours to be able to put the tooth back safely in the mouth. Broken teeth should also be fixed as quickly as possible. A matter of hours can make a big difference in saving a tooth. At the offices of TruCare Dental, our dental office in North Valley caters to patients seeking emergency dental care and urgent dental care.
There are some things the patient can do while waiting for the dentist. If a tooth has been knocked out, and it is a permanent adult tooth, it should be kept moist or put back in the socket without hurting the root before coming to our dental office in North Valley. The same procedure should be repeated for children’s teeth. For cracked teeth, the mouth should be rinsed immediately with warm water and a compress put on the face to reduce any swelling that is occurring. Other dental emergencies, such as broken jaws, should also apply a cold compress before reporting to our offices or an emergency room immediately. Some patients may have an object that is stuck in their tooth, and although floss may help remove it, if it doesn’t come out, it can cause an infection, which is considered a dental emergency. See our doctor right away if this is the case.
Other problems, such a toothaches, may not be cause for a dental emergency but may be painful enough to warrant a trip to the dentist. In this case, patients can try rinsing the mouth with warm water and using dental floss to remove food that may be bothering the teeth. Aspirin may help, but not directly on the tooth so as to avoid burning gum tissue. Before contacting us to make an appointment at our dental office in North Valley, be sure to clean the mouth by swishing warm water with salt if needed.