Hello, San Carlos! Welcome back to the blog from the office of Ghina Morad, DMD. We hope you are well as you take time to read about the latest issues and concerns in modern dentistry and oral health. Summer is here, and that means more time to spend outside having fun, but it also means more opportunities for dental emergencies.
Even if you are extremely cautious and take extra good care of your teeth, accidents still happen. It’s hard to know when an accident will take place, or else they wouldn’t be called accidents. But with some preparation and a dental emergency kit, you can minimize any damage to your teeth and gums as the result of an accident.
Types of Emergencies
You don’t even have to be playing a sport to receive a sports related injury. You could simply be a spectator at an intense volleyball match at this summer’s family reunion, when your nephew gets a little out of control. Next thing you know, you’re flat on your back, and there’s a bloody gap where your front tooth used to be.
The most important thing in a situation like this is to not panic. Assuming the tooth isn’t too damaged, there is still a good chance it can be restored. Obviously, the first thing you will need to do is find your knocked out tooth. When you do, be sure to only handle it by the crown. Do not touch the root. You may rinse off any dirt or grass stuck to your tooth, but don’t pull off any flesh.
Put your tooth in a small container and cover it with milk, then head to our office right away. Use some sterile gauze to control the bleeding until we can examine you and assess the situation.
A broken or chipped tooth could be the result of a similar accident, and your reaction should be much the same. The main difference is that a broken piece of tooth is small and harder to find than a whole tooth. They could also be harder to handle, so a pair tweezer should be in every dental emergency kit.
If you ever get knocked in the mouth, but you don’t lose or break a tooth, be vigilant over the next few days because you could have a fractured tooth and not even know it. Even deep fractures don’t always hurt right away, but if you notice some unusual sensitivity after a an accident involving your teeth, your need to have an examination. a fractured tooth can let bacteria and acid get inside your tooth, which will cause an infection.
One of the main indicators of a dental emergency is intense pain. As you know, pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. But that doesn’t mean you simply have to endure the pain until you can get to our office in San Carlos. Always keep some fast acting pain relievers in your dental emergency kit. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen are the most common ones. You will want to avoid aspirin because it is a blood thinner, and dental emergencies often involve blood.
Keep Our Number Handy
Your dental emergency kit should include a card with our number on it, (650)592-6396. Call us at any time, including evenings and weekends. We are happy to come in after hours and help you deal with a dental emergency.
Contact us today for more information on how to react to a dental emergency.