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Preparing For Dental Emergencies

Hello Folks. Welcome back to the Oregon City Family Dentistry blog!

If you are looking for a dentist in Oregon City, OR who is always there for your family, then we hope you will consider our warm and welcoming dental practice.

Beyond regular preventative care, we are also here to help you in the event of a dental emergency. Such situations, by definition, strike without warning. Still, that doesn’t mean that you can’t be prepared for what unfolds.

Unfortunately, we can’t give you a catch-all list for what to do in a dental emergency. The truth is, it depends on your individual circumstances and the type of emergency you are confronted with.

In today’s blogpost, we wanted to review some of the common types of dental emergencies and what you will need to do, generally speaking, if you find yourself in a similar situation.

Chipped Teeth

This is a common emergency situation. There are so many things that can cause your tooth to chip or break, like using your teeth as tools or openers. While this can be useful for your immediate needs, we wouldn’t recommend using teeth for anything other than their natural functions.

Falling down can also bring about a chipped tooth. So too can crunching on stuff like popcorn, candy, rib bones, or ice. And no matter what you are eating, old fillings can sometimes give out and cause a piece of your tooth to break off while you are actively chewing.

Just remember that no matter how you break or chip your tooth, the important thing is to never ignore the problem, even if there isn’t any pain present at first.

This is matters because whenever you chip a tooth, you can expose the dentin and dental pulp, putting yourself at risk for a root canal or other intense treatments.

The good news is that Oregon City Family Dentistry has several treatment options that can restore your tooth to match your natural smile, if you don’t wait too long.

Self-Inflicted Bites

Ouch!

Everyone knows that when you accidentally bite your tongue, lips, or any other part of your mouth, you will feel the pain right away.

In this situation, we recommend that you start by gently working on cleaning the area that you cut and securing some sort of ice pack or cold compress. In most cases, the bleeding will stop on its own. If for some reason that doesn’t happen, call us to arrange for professional treatment.

Tooth Loss

Losing a tooth as an adult is never a good experience. It will be painful, traumatic, and embarrassing. But it is important to remain calm if it ever happens to you.

It would be best if you can recover the tooth, pick it up by the crown rather than the root, lightly rinse it off and place the tooth in water. Then, you need to get to our Oregon City dental office as fast as you can.

We will do everything in our power to save your tooth. If we can not save your tooth, we will move forward with dental implants or other treatment solutions that best fit your needs.

Oregon City Family Dentistry Is Standing By

Your life can forever be changed in a moment’s notice. And our team here at Oregon City Family Dentistry knows how stressful any emergency can be.

Our goal is to help you get through it as comfortably as possible.

To address an emergency situation, or schedule a routine check up, contact us today.

We will be ready to get to work.

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