Here’s a given: dental emergencies tend to happen when they are least anticipated. And although they can be painful and traumatic, dental emergencies are seldom life-threatening. That’s the good news. The bad news is that if they are not handled quickly and correctly, you could incur permanent damage.
But that’s why Dr. Boyle is your partner for oral health. Our Lancaster, CA dentist’s office is equipped to provide prompt emergency services that your entire family can depend on when you need it the most.
As such, today we wanted to go over some dental emergency basics so that you will know what to do if the unexpected ever happens to you. Keep reading and then be sure to follow up with our team to arrange for your next dental appointment.
How To Deal With A Dental Emergency
We can tell you that there is no one-size-fits-all approach, but there are some frequently asked questions when it comes to handling a dental emergency. We hope that this list comes in handy.
I Am Experiencing Dental Pain–Is This An Emergency?
To us, this is always a dental emergency. Chances are, your pain won’t just go away on its own. Our team will be able to quickly identify the problem and get you some relief. So, don’t ever wait to see how it ends, because it could result in a mess that is costly to clean up!
What Can I Do For A Chipped Tooth?
There are so many things that can cause you to a chip or even break a tooth. This really is an emergency because you can expose the dentin and dental pulp, putting yourself at risk for a root canal or worse. Call us right away for some professional help, if this ever happens.
What If I Bite Myself?
Ouch! If you accidentally bite your tongue, lips, or any other part of your mouth, you will feel the pain right away. Start by cleaning the area that you cut and securing some sort of ice pack or cold compress. In most cases, the bleeding will stop pretty soon. If not, get in touch!
What If A Tooth Gets Knocked Out?
This can happen at school, work, home, in California traffic, during your child’s ball game, basically anywhere. Regardless of when or where it happens, getting a tooth knocked out will be a painful, scary, and emotionally charged occurrence.
Just remember 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, you really need to get it to us as quickly as you can.
The goal is always to save your natural tooth. 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 Dr. Boyle
We hope that you feel safe knowing that we are your partner for oral health come what may! In case of a life-threatening emergency, like a blow to the head, call 911 or make your way to your nearest hospital emergency room. For dental emergencies, call the office of Dr. Tab A. Boyle at 661-524-8457!