Dental Emergencies Are Part Of Our Practice
Not surprisingly, dental emergencies tend to arise when they are least expected. The good news is that, though they can be painful and traumatic, they are seldom life-threatening in the way that other medical emergencies can be.
Still, they can be life-changing if not handled quickly and correctly.
As a comprehensive dental office, at Oregon City Family Dentistry, we offer prompt emergency services that your entire family can depend on.
If you find yourself in an emergency situation, you will be seeking time-sensitive attention from oral health care professionals. But there is no need to panic.
Our team is well equipped to handle such scenarios. What’s more, we have an after-hours telephone number that you can reach our dentists at, if there is an urgent need.
What Do You Do In The Case Of A Dental Emergency?
The truth is, it depends.
All dental emergencies can not be addressed in the same way. And, every situation has unique aspects that require specific care.
What If I Chip A Tooth?
As you can imagine, this is an all too common situation. When you think about it, 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?
Sure, this can be effective for your short term needs, but we don’t recommend it, because we know firsthand that using your teeth as tools doesn’t always have a happy ending.
Have you ever fallen flat on your face?
Most sober people don’t fall everyday. But, over the course of your lifetime, you will probably fall down a lot.
Playing (and sometimes watching) sports, rushing to the office, or tripping over your children and dogs can leave you with a mouthful of pain.
Are you a dangerous eater?
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 Accidentally Bite Myself?
It hurts to even think about it.
But if you accidentally bite your tongue, lips, or any other part of your mouth, you are not alone. Everyone does this at some point in their life.
We suggest that you 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 doesn’t happen, then definitely call us to arrange for professional treatment.
What If I Have A Dislodged Tooth?
This can happen at the gym, on a job site, in a car crash, at the golf course, 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.
For Emergencies, Call Oregon City Family Dentistry
There are so many things that can go awry at a moments notice. Our team at Oregon City Family Dentistry knows how stressful any emergency can be, and we are here to help you get through it as painlessly as possible.
To address an emergency situation, or schedule a routine check up, contact us today.
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