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Don’t Let Holiday Dental Emergencies Catch You Off-Guard

Welcome back to another edition of the Dr. Ghina Morad dental blog! We hope you are enjoying the final days of 2015.

As your trusted dentist in San Carlos, California, we are here for you whenever you need us. We know that at certain times life seems to unfold rapidly and accidents will happen when you least expect them to. This seems especially true around the holidays when travel is involved, a wide array of foods are served, and “eggnog” is flowing freely.

When an emergency hits–especially outside of business hours, you won’t want to be caught off-guard. Just know that, no matter when you need help, our San Carlos dentist’s office is here to help restore your oral health.

If you ever need to be seen right away, we’ll make it our priority to find you a spot in our schedule. We’ll gladly accommodate you at a time that will work best for you, even after hours! So, if you are confronted with an emergency after hours, Saturday, or Sunday, don’t hesitate to call!

Unfortunately, every dental emergency is unique, and there is no catch-all list or handbook that we could give to all of our patients.

That said, in today’s blogpost, we wanted to go over some of the common types of dental emergencies and what you will need to do, generally speaking, if you find yourself in a similar set of circumstances. It is always better to be prepared for such things!

Chipped Or Broken Teeth

This is an extremely common emergency situation. When you think about it, here are many things that can cause your tooth to chip or break, like using your teeth as tools or openers. While this can be helpful for achieving your immediate needs, we wouldn’t recommend using teeth for anything other than their natural functions. It doesn’t always end well.

Losing your balance and falling down can also bring about a chipped tooth. So, lay off the eggnog! In all seriousness, try to be aware of your surroundings and watch your step!

Crunching on stuff like fruitcake with nuts, popcorn, candy, or ice will get you in trouble too. 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. That is never fun. Beware of the fruitcake!

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.

It 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.

Luckily, we have several treatment options that can revive your tooth to match your natural smile, if you act sooner than later, that is.

Dislodged Tooth

Trust us, losing a tooth as an adult is never a good experience. It will be painful, traumatic, and embarrassing. Still, 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 your San Carlos, CA dentist’s office as fast as you can.

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

Self-Inflicted Bites

We’ve all done this at one time or another, and we all know how painful it can be.

When you inadvertently bite your tongue, lips, or any other part of your mouth, you will feel the sting right away.

In this situation, we suggest 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.

Our Team Is Here To Help

If, over the course of the holiday season, you should have a dental emergency of any kind and need an appointment, or just advice, call us at (650)592-6396. If you don’t have time to call, you can also fill out our online contact form and someone from our office will promptly call you back. Outside of normal business hours, please follow the message prompt to reach our on-call dentist.

We will help you through whatever you are facing!