Any kind of emergency can make us start to panic and worry. Either you’re in pain or someone you know is in pain. You want to help, but you’re not sure what to do with a chipped tooth, bad toothache, or lost tooth.
If you are having any kind of dental emergency, call either of our Laredo, TX dental offices (Junction Drive at 956-242-6745 or Winfield at 956-517-2695) immediately for an emergency appointment. You can often be seen the same day that you call to get the help you need.
3 Best Tips For Dental Emergencies
Put Our Numbers In Your Phone Today
When you are in the middle of a dental emergency, things can get chaotic and confusing. The last thing you want to do is struggle to find the right number to call. That’s why you should prepare for emergencies by putting our phone numbers in the contact list on your phone.
Stop The Bleeding First (And Go To The ER If You Cannot
Some dental emergencies only affect your teeth, but others can cut your gums or the inside of your mouth. If there is any bleeding, start by applying direct pressure to the cut to stop the bleeding. If it won’t stop, skip our dental office and go to the emergency room instead.
Create A Dental Emergency Kit
You have a first aid kit for medical emergencies, so why not have one for dental emergencies? Get a container and put the following inside it:
- Sterile gauze
- Dental cement
- Non-aspirin pain relievers
- A small container for lost teeth
- The address and number of our Laredo dental offices
- Plastic gloves
Label the container something like, “Dental Emergency Kit” and put it somewhere in your kitchen or bathroom where anyone in your home can find it.
Specific Dental Emergency Tips
Knowing what to do in a dental emergency is a great way to keep calm and be helpful. While you cannot know about every possible emergency, here are some more common ones and how to deal with them.
VERY BAD TOOTHACHE
Whether the toothache came on suddenly or it was something building up for a while, call Davenport Dental Group immediately and explain what happened to your tooth. Trauma and infection can both create a bad toothache. Until you can be seen, use cold packs and non-aspirin pain relievers to help get through.
FILLING OR DENTAL CROWN CAME OFF
With a lost filling, don’t bother trying to get the old filling. Use some dental cement (available in drugstores) as a temporary replacement. With a dental crown that came off, gently rinse it off and use dental cement as a temporary adhesive to stick it back where it belongs.
Then call our Junction Drive or Winfield dental offices for an emergency appointment. Dental cement works for about 1-2 days before it needs to be replaced by something permanent.
If you are in any pain, take some non-aspirin pain relievers. Then call our Laredo, TX dental offices. Even if you are not in any pain, there may be damage internally that you cannot see or feel. That’s why you need an emergency appointment.
Pick up the tooth from its top and gently rinse it off. Try putting it back in the socket. If it won’t stay or that’s too painful, put it in a small container and cover it with water or milk. Stop any bleeding, then call Davenport Dental Group for the next available appointment. Although your tooth might not be able to be saved, bring it just in case.
If you are having any kind of dental emergency, don’t hesitate to call either of our Laredo, TX dental offices (Junction Drive at 956-242-6745 or Winfield at 956-517-2695) immediately. Our dentists have been successfully handling dental emergencies for many years, giving them the experience needed to help you through your emergency. While you’re thinking about it, why not take a minute to go ahead and schedule your next regular checkup as well.