How to Handle a Dental Emergency

Graphic with first aid kit & a tooth indicating a dental emergency

A dental emergency might ruin your plans, but you don’t have to let it ruin your day. A little preparation in the form of knowledge can help you know how to react properly in the event of a dental emergency. This can not only save you stress and time, but also potentially save your tooth. Today, our team at Helotes Family Dentistry have put together a quick guide on how to react for certain common dental emergencies.

What Do Do If Your Tooth Gets Knocked Out

No matter how it happened, if your tooth gets knocked out your first step should be to take a deep breath and not panic. If you follow the proper steps, there’s a good chance your tooth can be saved. Gently rinse your tooth (without touching the nerve), and then place it back in its socket, if possible. You can also place it between your cheek and gum or in a glass of milk. Give us a heads up call then get to our Helotes office as soon as you can.

What To Do If You Chip A Tooth

Not all chipped teeth are dental emergencies. If the chip is causing you pain or cutting your mouth, you’ll want to seek emergency treatment. If the chip is more minor, you can probably wait until a more convenient time to get treatment. Our team can help you decide what to do if you’re unsure.

What To Do If You Have a Toothache

Toothaches vary in severity. A more minor toothache might just be a sign a piece of food is trapped below your gum line, while a severe toothache may be a sign of infection or damage. If you’re unsure whether you need emergency treatment for your toothache, give us a call. In the meantime, you can try swishing with warm salt water, applying ice, or taking over-the-counter pain medication to ease your pain.

Urgent Care Available

We hope you don’t need urgent care but if the need arrives, you can count on Helotes Family Dentistry to be your emergency dentist. To learn more or to schedule your next appointment, call our office today!

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