If You Have a Dental Emergency, Call (302) 994-3093
You don’t think about or plan for dental emergencies. However, they can happen to anyone, anywhere — and usually occur during the most inconvenient moments.
Not everyone realizes that dentists are often available for emergency dental care, even if the emergency occurs after hours or during the weekend. While not every dentist handles dental emergencies, rest assured that Dr. Syed, DMD, and his staff do. Give our office in Wilmington, DE a call today to discuss our policy on how dental emergencies are handled.
Not sure what qualifies as a dental emergency? Read on to learn more.
What is a Dental Emergency?
There are several different types of dental emergencies, and knowing which problems constitute an immediate need can aid you in determining whether or not you should call Dr. Syed for prompt treatment or wait until the next business day.
Dealing with Toothaches and Lodged Objects at Home
A toothache can occur for a number of reasons and not all of them are considered a dental emergency. A number of them are. Taking preliminary steps at home can help rule out a non-emergent situation from one that is more serious.
First, rinse your mouth thoroughly with warm water and use dental floss to remove any food or debris that may have become trapped between your tooth and gums. Sometimes, the problem is simply a matter of a food particle that lodged itself between your teeth and in some cases, the toothache subsides once the particle is removed.
If the object won’t budge, call our office. Never use a sharp tool to poke or prod at a lodged object as they can scratch your teeth or gums.
If you experience any swelling, you can apply a cold compress to the outside of your cheek over the affected area. While some people prefer to use over-the-counter pain relievers to aid in pain relief, you should never place aspirin or any other painkiller against your gums near the problem tooth as these kinds of medications can cause burns to the gum tissues.
What to Do When You Have a Chipped or Broken Tooth
Accidents can happen to anyone. It could be as simple as chewing on ice or a piece of hard candy one moment to discovering a shard that doesn’t dissolve or belong in your mouth the next. When you remove it, voila, you’ve discovered a broken piece of tooth. It happens, and when it does, it needs to be fixed.
If you chip or break a tooth, save any fragments that come off, if possible. Rinse your mouth with warm water. If bleeding occurs, apply gauze to the area until the it has stopped. You can manage any swelling and pain with a cold compress applied to the outside of your mouth over the area where the broken tooth sits.
Regardless of how you temporarily store your tooth, you need to see your dentist right away. A knocked-out tooth must be returned to its socket within one hour to have the best chance of being saved.
If a tooth becomes only partially dislodged, you should still call us right away at (302) 994-3093. You can use a cold compress and over the counter pain reliever if needed. However, immediate treatment is required to save the tooth.