Hello and welcome to the Oregon City Family Dentistry blog!
We hope that your summer is off to a great start! But we want you to keep in mind that hanging by the pool and going to cookouts can actually be dangerous activities. That’s because a dental emergency can happen fast (tripping on wet concrete, using your teeth to open a beer bottle) and bring on a world of hurt. You will want to be prepared so as not to make a bad situation worse.
So, what do you do in a dental emergency? The truth is, it depends on the situation. We aren’t trying to be vague! Since each dental emergency is unique, there can be no catch-all plan for handling them in the same way.
The good news is that dental emergencies are seldom life-threatening in the way that other medical emergencies can be. Still, they can be life-altering (and not in a good way) if not handled appropriately.
You can rest assured that, around here, we offer prompt emergency services that you can count on throughout the year. Plus, we have an after-hours telephone number that you can reach our dentists at, if there is an urgent need.
Keep reading to hear more about some common scenarios, and by all means get in touch now if you are in the midst of one of them!
A Dislodged Tooth
This is a common emergency, and no one expects it to happen to them! But it can happen at work, in an automobile accident, by the pool, basically anywhere.
Here’s the thing: wherever it happens, losing a tooth will no doubt be a painful, scary, and traumatic experience. But Don’t freak out! 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 milk. Then, head 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 make sense for you.
When you think about it, in the summertime, there are so many things that can cause you to a chip or even break a tooth. You can fall at the pool, use your teeth as tools at a cookout, etc. Speaking of eating, popcorn, candy, rib bones, or ice can get you in trouble fast if you bite the wrong bit off. 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 midst of chewing.
Regardless of how you break or chip your tooth, never ignore the problem, even if there isn’t any pain present. That’s because 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.
Lucky for you, at Oregon City Family Dentistry we have several treatment options that can restore your tooth to match your natural smile, if you act fast.
If you accidentally bite your tongue, lips, or any other part of your mouth, it will certainly hurt, but you may not need to come in unless it is really bad.
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.
In Case Of Emergency, Call Oregon City Family Dentistry!
We hope that today’s post has been helpful. At Oregon City Family Dentistry, we know how stressful any emergency situation can be, and we are here to help you get through it as easily and painlessly as possible.
To address an emergency situation, or schedule a routine check up, contact us today online or by calling 503-917-0523.
Be safe this summer!
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