Your Neighborhood Dentists Welcome Dental Emergencies
By nature, dental emergencies never tend to be convenient or timely. This is why it is so important to have an experienced dental team that you already know and trust in your corner for these difficult experiences.
At Dupont Family Dentistry, our doctors have been caring for dental emergencies in Washington for well over 20 years. We will do everything we possibly can to relieve your pain and rebuild your smile. Better yet, our neighborhood office is a personable and warm environment where you can feel at ease throughout any treatment. If you are from here in DuPont or a surrounding area and are in need of immediate assistance, please reach out to us right away. Our staff is eager and waiting to serve you.
Types of Dental Emergencies
Just as the term ‘medical emergency’ covers a wide range of possible injuries, there are several kinds of potential dental emergencies too. Here is a list of situations that your emergency dentist in DuPont considers urgent:
- A cracked or chipped tooth
- A knocked out tooth
- An object stuck between teeth
- A dislodged tooth
- A painful and persistent toothache or swollen face
- Bleeding in the mouth that will not stop
- A soft tissue injury inside your mouth or on your lips
- A missing filling or crown
Of course, your response to any dental emergency depends on the situation. In every case, we recommend having a plan ready to implement that begins with a call to our office.
If your dental emergency results in a knocked out (avulsed) tooth, then be very careful when handling the tooth. There may still be gum tissue attached to the root, so do your best to only touch the crown (the white portion) with your fingers. Sometimes, your DuPont emergency dentist can successfully replant the tooth within your smile, so maintaining as much of the natural tissue as possible is essential.
The best place to store an avulsed tooth is in a sealed container filled with milk or saltwater which will help maintain the tooth’s natural pH.
Many dental emergencies are caused by a fall or a hard hit to the face. You can use a cold compress to ease discomfort in these cases. An over-the-counter pain reliever may be helpful too, but if you are bleeding, we do not recommend taking ibuprofen or aspirin. These are both anticoagulants that may increase blood flow.
Although the staff at Dupont Family Dentistry are ready and able to provide care, we would really rather help you avoid a dental emergency in the first place. Of course, there are times when accidents happen and an emergency cannot be avoided. But here are some tips to help keep you and your smile much safer over time:
- Always wear a sportsguard when you are participating in athletic activities that involve physical contact.
- Don’t use your teeth to open packages. Keep scissors handy instead.
- Be careful when you are eating hard or sticky foods.