March 10, 2017
You’re taught your whole life that when you’re in an emergency, you should call 911. If someone hurts themselves or is bleeding, you immediately know what to do. However, when the emergency concerns your teeth, most of the time, you shouldn’t head straight for the emergency room. You should actually call your emergency dentist, Dr. Warren G. Hoffman, at Parkway Ridge Dental. He and his team are the best people to get you the treatment you need immediately and save your smile. The question is, when should you call them? What makes an emergency a dental emergency in North Sarasota? Today, Dr. Hoffman is going to discuss some common dental emergencies, as well as what you should do.
What Is a Dental Emergency?
A dental emergency typically refers to a traumatic injury or pain associated with the teeth and gums. If you find yourself in any of these situations, don’t hesitate to call Parkway Ridge Dental:
- Knocked out tooth
- Chipped, cracked, or broken tooth
- Damaged or broken crown/bridgework
- Damaged or broken dentures
- Large object caught between teeth
- Cut/bitten tongue or lip
- Severe toothache
- Swelling in the jaw
The key indicator of a dental emergency is pain. If you are in so much dental pain that you cannot focus on anything else, it’s an emergency, and you need to act quickly to get relief and save your teeth.
What To Do In a Dental Emergency
Dental emergencies, like any, can be extremely stressful, so the first thing you need to do is stay calm. After you have taken a moment to breathe, you should immediately call your emergency dentist in North Sarasota at Parkway Ridge Dental. In fact, you should put our number in your phone right now so you don’t have to look it up while injured. Those precious moments matter when you’re in pain.
When you call in, Dr. Hoffman and his team will make every effort to see you as soon as possible, including making same-day appointments. His team will also walk you through basic first aid to help ease your pain before you get to his office. Simple things like gently rinsing your mouth with warm water and using a cold compress to manage the pain can do a lot to improve the situation. Once you get to Parkway Ridge Dental, Dr. Hoffman and his team will immediately get to work saving your smile.
However, if you are suffering from persistent bleeding, or have other injuries such as broken bones, don’t hesitate to go to your local emergency room for treatment. After everything is stable, be sure to call Dr. Hoffman so he can help you with your teeth.
Hopefully you never have to deal with a dental emergency, but if you do, you now have a plan in place. Knowing what to do in those initial moments can make all the difference, and you can rest assured that when you really need us, Dr. Hoffman and the team at Parkway Ridge Dental will be there for you.
If you have any questions about what to do in a dental emergency or how to avoid one altogether, just give our office a call today.