Action, Not Reaction
It is essential to understand what sorts of injuries make emergency dental care necessary, so you can ensure that your family's teeth are cared for and know when it’s unnecessary to run to the emergency room. An accident can occur any time anywhere, day or night. Some oral wounds may require quick treatment, while others can safely hold up until you can visit our team during regular business hours. We here at College Hill Dental will educate you on what qualifies as an injury needing immediate dental care and how emergency care works. If you or a loved one have suffered what you believe to be such an injury, call (541) 485-0272.
What Injuries Qualify for Emergency Treatment?
Common oral injuries involve cracked, broken, or missing teeth. This can be a consequence of biting or chewing food that is too tough, a sports-related accident, falling, or some other similar mishap. Depending on the location of the tooth or the injury’s severity, however, it can be permitted for a chipped tooth or minor crack to hang on until you can visit us during normal hours. If the break is serious, there is a sizable portion of the tooth missing, the tooth has nerve harm, or it completely knocked out though, it is important to come and see us for immediate medical examination.
What Should I Do in a Dental Emergency?
While waiting for treatment, if the tooth is missing, try not to handle it any more than is necessary (Your skin oils or microscopic organisms could potentially harm it). Check whether you can re-attach the tooth in its socket. Biting down on a soaked cloth, wet gauze, or moistened tea bag can help. Do be mindful though not to swallow the tooth. Should you find it impossible to keep the tooth in place, carefully wash it off to clean any visible dirt or other filth and keep it contained in milk or your saliva until Dr. Paskalev calls for you. You can apply a cool, wet pack to help minimize any fluid draining from the missing tooth’s socket.
What If I Can’t Handle a Dental Emergency Alone?
In some cases, the issue won't be as obvious as a missing or broken tooth. For example, you may end up managing serious tooth pain such as from an abscessed tooth. If you think you need emergency treatment, call our office before you do anything else. We might be able to work in an appointment for you quickly since our team regularly leaves spaces in their calendars open for just such an occasion.
Regardless of whether you see that we are closed, feel free to call. Our answering machine may have an emergency number or instructions to help you. If none of these options yield results, head to the nearest hospital and wait for their staff to decide if the damage can wait for Dr. Paskalev. You might be able to get pain medication to manage symptoms while waiting.
Remember, if you or a loved one have experienced an oral injury and have any questions on whether it may need emergency dental care, do not hesitate to call (541) 485-0272.