While we’re closed for preventive, general, and cosmetic treatments, our team is still helping Tucson, AZ, residents with emergency dental needs. In today’s blog, we’re looking at common emergency situations, and how your response could help limit discomfort. We’re also explaining when you should contact our team for an appointment.
Common Emergency Issues
A dental emergency means your tooth has sustained an injury that could leave it vulnerable to cavities or infection, and cause serious discomfort. For example, chipped or cracked teeth, loose or missing crowns or fillings, avulsed (knocked-out) teeth, objects lodged between teeth, or serious toothaches or sensitivity, could also be cause for concern. When you encounter these issues, contact our office to set up a time to see us. We then offer treatment to address the issue and protect your smile from complications down the road, such as an infection or even a lost tooth!
Reducing Your Initial Discomfort
You can take steps to help ease your discomfort. If you have a loose/lost restoration, or a damaged tooth, then rinse your mouth with warm water. For compromised restorations, avoid sugary foods and drinks, which could cause sensitivity. For damaged teeth, use a washcloth to control any bleeding, and place a cold compress or ice pack to the side of your face to reduce swelling. If you have objects stuck between your teeth, floss on either side of the tooth and then rinse with water. For any and all discomfort, you can take a pain reliever to ease the issue.
If a tooth is knocked out completely, you will need to bring it to the office with you. Pick it up by the crown, never the root, and put it in a glass of salt water or milk. Again, you can control bleeding with a washcloth or use a cold compress to reduce facial swelling.
Our Health and Safety Guidelines
When you arrive, you will have the waiting room to yourself. We’re scheduling appointments this way to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading to our patients and team members. We’re also wearing face masks, washing our hands frequently, and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces throughout the office regularly. We want to protect you and your family’s health, while also ensuring you avoid complications that could mean missing teeth and poorer oral health. If you have any questions about our approach to emergency dentistry, then please contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Dental Emergencies?
At our Tucson, AZ, dentist’s office, we want to help you avoid serious complications due to damaged or infected teeth, safeguarding the health and stability of your smile. If you have questions about our approach to restorative and dental emergencies, contact us today to schedule a visit by calling our office at 520-296-5439.