Dos and Don’ts for Oral Injuries

Some dental emergencies might not present the symptoms you expect, including the throbbing pain most people associate with dental emergencies, which can happen in a split second or take several days or even months. If you have what you think is a dental emergency, it is important to contact your dentist immediately. Even if going to the dentist right away seems like a hassle, it is always a good idea to seek an assessment to avoid complications. Our team will review the important patient dos and don’ts when undergoing dental emergency treatment.

Don’t Panic

There is no question that a dental emergency can be both frightening as well as painful, but not every dental emergency requires a high-speed dash to a nearby hospital.

If your tooth is chipped but doesn’t cause extreme pain, you can wait a few days before getting treated. If you lose a crown, you can attach it with over-the-counter dental cement. You can wait until you can schedule a dental bonding appointment if the crack is superficial or hairline.

An acute dental abscess may be characterized by extreme pain, bleeding, swelling, or pus. A deep tooth fracture may also pose an infection threat. Stay calm, but call your dentist to schedule an emergency appointment as soon as possible to prevent bacteria from spreading outside the infection site.

Do Contact Your Dentist for Advice

In case of a dental emergency, the first step you should take is to call the dental office and ask for advice. The dentist can evaluate your situation and symptoms and give specific instructions.

For example, if you have a knocked-out tooth, the dentist will walk you through how to clean, store, and handle the tooth correctly. This knowledge can make a big difference in your emergency’s prognosis. Instead of having to replace the tooth with a bridge or implant, this guidance can allow you to save it. 

Don’t Choose the Emergency Room Over the Dentist’s Office

The majority of people think they should go to the hospital emergency room if they have a dental emergency. Especially for delicate procedures like root canals, your dentist can provide you with more specialized skills, experience, expertise, and personalized care than you would in a hospital.

If your dental office is closed for the day, an emergency room can serve as a dental emergency treatment center. If you suffer severe jaw damage or swelling that interferes with breathing, you need to visit the emergency room. Otherwise, go to the dentist’s office.

Do Pursue Pain Relief Safely and Wisely

Acute symptoms can be controlled by self-care until professional assistance is available. An ice pack or ice water can often help ease pain and swelling. You may find it helpful to breathe through your nose (rather than through your mouth) if cold temperatures bother your exposed nerves. Taking pain relievers orally instead of placing them directly next to damaged tissue is the best strategy for treating acute dental pain. 

Don’t Discard Pieces of a Broken Tooth

Having a broken or chipped tooth doesn’t always mean that you need a crown. If you find any fragments of the tooth, save them. The dentist may be able to repair the tooth with these fragments.

Whether you’ve suffered dental damage or have a family member who has, call our team for emergency dentistry. Accidents happen, but being prepared and proactive can help avoid injuries.