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Here at Ghina Morad, DMD, we recently had a case that made our entire office excited and proud to be members of the dental community. It’s not often that we are able to tell a story like this one, but we are so glad to be able to share it with you today!

Recently, one of our young patients had a fall outside of her school. After a quick assessment of the situation, her parents called us to let us know that she had just knocked a tooth out. The patient with her family and our team rushed to meet at our San Carlos, CA dentist office after hours.

An adult tooth needs to be placed back in the mouth within the first 30 minutes to have a chance at viability. The quick thinking and preparation of this girl’s parents got her to us in time. We were able to place the tooth back in its socket and suture her gums back in place.

Her checkups since the accident point to a healthy, thriving tooth! This is incredible because most knocked-out teeth end up being replaced with dental implants. In most cases, we just can’t get to them in time. However, due to the right preparation, this young lady will be able to keep her natural tooth for the foreseeable future!

When Emergencies Happen

Dental emergencies happen all the time. We see them in our office, but it seems as though the patients are rarely sure of what to do! We want to talk about that today so that if a dental emergency ever happens to you or someone you love, you will know exactly how to handle things.

The first step is to remain calm. Whether you or your loved one is injured, it is important that you are staying calm so that you can think clearly. If you feel yourself or the patient getting frazzled, practice taking deep breaths and getting back to the problem at hand. When you are calm, you are much more likely to remember what to do.

Be Prepared

The key to successfully handling a dental emergency is to be prepared. Below are three of the most common dental emergencies. Take a look at how to handle each so that should they ever happen, you will know exactly what to do!

Knocked-Out Tooth
A knocked-out tooth is terrifying, but with quick thinking, there is hope that the tooth can be saved. Quickly place the tooth in the cheek of the patient and get to our office as quick as you can. Call to let us know you are coming. If, by some chance, we are not available, you will need to go to the emergency room.

Broken Dental Appliance
We use dental appliances all the time to repair and restore teeth back to their function. We also use them to realign teeth with orthodontics and other procedures. Any time you have something like this in your mouth, there is a chance that it will break. We recommend that you keep denture adhesive in your home so that should your appliance break, you can add a dab of adhesive and put the appliance back in place until you can get to the office.

A pain in your tooth is never fun. It generally means your tooth is injured or infected deep to the core. Call to make an appointment and let us know what’s going on. In the meantime, you can take acetaminophen and use a salt water rinse to ease the pain from your tooth. When you come in, we will find the root of the problem and take care of the issue.

Know Who to Call: Dr. Ghina Morad!

The bottom line of any emergency is that you know who to call! In any emergency, call our office! The sooner we can get you to the office, the better off you will be! Emergencies can happen to any one at any time, but the best way to protect yourself is through routine dental care.

Contact our office today to set up an appointment for a routine dental cleaning and exam. We would love to see you and your entire family very soon, so call today!