Preparing For Holiday Dental Emergencies
Merry Christmas Folks! We hope that you are enjoying the holiday season and doing your best to stay safe amidst all the craziness. At Oregon City Family Dentistry, we will be here to help guide your through any oral health crisis that might arise unexpectedly.
Teeth are important for many reasons. A nice smile sends the signal that we are friendly and approachable. Teeth also help us chew the sort of food that keeps us healthy and they allow us to utilize verbal communication in a coherent manner. Obviously, you want to guard them at all costs. But accidents will happen. And when they do, you will want to be prepared. No two dental emergencies are ever the same but there are some general guidelines you can keep in mind regarding some of the more common scenarios.
What If I Break A Tooth?
There are so many things that can cause you to a chip or even break a tooth.
Have you ever tried using your teeth for opening something? Don’t do that anymore!
While it may be effective for your short term needs, we don’t recommend it, because we know firsthand that using your teeth as tools doesn’t always have a happy ending.
Playing (and sometimes watching) sports, rushing to the office, or tripping over your children and dogs can also leave you with a mouthful of pain.
Munching on stuff like popcorn, candy, rib bones, or ice can get you in trouble fast.
Sometimes, no matter what you are eating, old fillings can wear out and cause a piece of your tooth to break off while you are in the middle of chewing.
Regardless of how you break or chip your tooth, never ignore the problem, even if there isn’t any pain present.
You probably won’t be thinking long-term but, when you chip or break a tooth, you can expose the dentin and dental pulp, putting yourself at risk for a root canal or worse.
Depending on your situation, our team at Oregon City Family Dentistry has several treatment options that can restore your tooth to match your natural smile, if you act fast.
What If I Inadvertently Bite Myself?
Ouch! This one hurts just to think about it.
But if you accidentally bite your tongue, lips, or any other part of your mouth, it will be alright.
You should start by calmly working on cleaning the area that you cut and securing some sort of ice pack or cold compress. In most instances, the bleeding will stop before too long.
If that isn’t the case, then definitely call us to arrange for professional treatment.
What If I Lose A Tooth?
This can happen at the company Christmas party, at the gym, in a car crash, in the kitchen, basically anywhere.
One thing we know for certain is that, wherever (and whenever) it happens, getting a tooth knocked out will no doubt be a painful, scary, and emotionally charged occurrence.
We can not stress enough that your reaction time is crucial when attempting to save a dislodged tooth.
If you are able to locate the tooth, pick it up by the crown rather than the root, lightly rinse it off and place the tooth in water. Then, you really need to get to our office as quickly as you can.
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 Ready For Your Emergency
Life is unpredictable enough. But the holidays provide occasions for lots of people to come together in a small space. Often there is travel involved. And food and alcohol each present added danger. Just be careful. In the event that anything crazy happens, stay calm and get in touch with your Oregon City dentist right away.
To address an emergency situation, or schedule a routine check up, contact us today!
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