It’s hard to prepare for a dental emergency, because they always seem to happen at the most unexpected and inconvenient times. If you experience a knocked-out tooth, toothache, or any dental trauma that leaves you questioning the health of your smile, never hesitate to call our dental office. We recommend that patients keep our number pre-programmed in their phone just in case they need emergency dentistry from our San Ramon, CA dentist and dental team. Below, we’ve provided some helpful tips and information about how to address pain and reduce your risk of sustaining additional oral damage.
If you find yourself in the midst of a dental emergency, always call our dental office first. We’ll provide you with over-the-phone first-aid guidance to make sure that the issue doesn’t get any worse. In urgent cases, we try to see all of our emergency patients the same day, so you won’t have to worry about sitting and waiting in pain until you’re able to get treatment. For your convenience, we’ve provided some helpful advice on how to handle some of the most common dental emergencies below.
Try gently flossing around your teeth to make sure that your pain isn’t caused by a lodged piece of food debris. If your pain persists, you can take over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen, and place a cold compress on the outside of your face where the pain is for 10 minutes on and 10 minutes off.
Quickly retrieve your knocked-out tooth, being sure to only handle it by the biting surface. Rinse it underneath a cool stream of water and place it in a sealable container full of milk or salt water. Bring it to your appointment with you so we can try to re-place the tooth in its socket. If your mouth is bleeding, you can place a piece of sterile gauze over the area to help it clot.
If you’re able to find the broken-off piece of your tooth, pick it up and rinse it under cool water. Bring it to your appointment with you so we can try to glue it back on. If the damage has created a jagged edge of your tooth, place a piece of orthodontic wax over the area to keep it from irritating or damaging your oral tissue.
If you’re able to find your restoration, gently rinse it off. You can temporarily place it back on your tooth by using a dab of denture adhesive or toothpaste. However, it’s important to keep in mind that this is not a permanent solution, and you’ll need to visit our dental office so we can repair or replace the restoration to prevent an infection from developing.
While it’s impossible to prevent dental emergencies, there are some ways that you can drastically reduce your risk of experiencing one. Here are some tips to keep you out of your emergency dentist’s treatment chair:
When you arrive at our dental office, Dr. Deol will conduct a thorough examination of your mouth to see what the underlying issue is. Once we’ve diagnosed the problem, we can develop a treatment plan to solve it and provide you with lasting relief. Before we conduct any procedures, we’ll walk you through the cost of your treatment and discuss financing options with you, such as dental insurance coverage. If you have any questions at any point during your emergency examination, don’t hesitate to ask!
Many patients become scared when they hear the words “root canal” come from Dr. Deol’s mouth. Although this treatment has become infamously known to cause pain, we’re here to set the story straight and let you know that it actually gets rid of pain caused by tooth infections. In fact, many of our patients are relieved after the procedure because their toothaches have been cured and they didn’t feel an ounce of pain during the treatment!
We understand how important your natural pearly whites are, which is why we never suggest having them extracted unless it’s absolutely necessary. In some cases, where teeth are severely damaged or decayed, our only way of preserving your oral health is to remove the problem teeth. In these situations, we’ll suggest an extraction. This process is simple and virtually painless, and we’ll make sure to walk you through different tooth replacement options afterward so you can restore the function and feel of your natural smile.
Professionals typically recommend wisdom tooth extractions as a preventive measure. When these third molars are left to grow in when they’re impacted or there’s not enough room in your mouth to house them, they can increase your risk of developing cavities, orthodontic problems, and even oral infections. We’ll capture a panoramic X-ray of your mouth to see how your wisdom teeth are growing in and whether they’re a threat to your oral health. If so, we may suggest having them removed.
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