Happy holidays San Antonio! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of Advanced Dental Associates. The holidays are a time for fun and family, but the holidays come with a fair deal of stress as well. You’ve got to brave the long check-out lines at the department stores, cook enough food to feed a small village, and maintain an upbeat holiday cheer. The last thing you need is a dental emergency adding to your stress.
Dental emergencies can come in many different forms. You might have an unexplainable toothache, or have to deal with the trauma of a knocked-out or broken tooth. A dental emergency can leave you feeling vulnerable, unable to eat your favorite foods, and prevent you from falling asleep. But your dentist in San Antonio is available to help!
At Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX, we offer emergency dental appointments. We also prioritize dental emergencies and make a point to see you the same-day you call our office. If you’re currently having a dental emergency you should call your dentist in San Antonio right away at 210-819-5233.
If you’re a current patient at our comfortable and modern office, you should have your dentist’s personal cell phone number. If your San Antonio dental emergency happens outside of normal business hours, feel free to call your dentist for help. (If you are experiencing a great deal of bleeding, or the dental emergency is otherwise life-threatening, call 911 or get to a hospital.)
Your San Antonio dental office understands that dental emergencies can be frightening and confusing. In today’s post, we’re going to give you a few tips for handling the most common dental emergencies. (You may want to bookmark this page for future reference.) Read on to find out what to do if you’ve broken a tooth, had a tooth knocked-out, have an unexplainable toothache, or had a dental restoration fall out.
Healing a Broken Tooth
At Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX, we can fix your broken tooth! While you’re waiting for your appointment, begin by trying to save any remaining fragments of your broken tooth. Put them in a container and bring them with you to your appointment. If you’re bleeding, apply gauze to stop the bleeding. You may also want to cover the tooth with gauze to prevent it from cutting up the inside of your mouth. If you’re in pain, take a Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Avoid aspirin as it could make your bleeding worse.
Restoring a Knocked-Out Tooth
If you get to Advanced Dental Associates soon enough, your dentist in San Antonio may be able to put your tooth back in place. Only handle the loose tooth by the roots, and avoid touching the roots. If there’s any tissue on the tooth, leave it in place. If there’s a lot of debris on the tooth, gently rinse it with water.
Store the tooth in milk or a product called Save-A-Tooth. If you don’t have access to either of these, you can hold the tooth in your check. Use gauze to stop any bleeding, and a cold pack if there’s any swelling. Then get to your San Antonio dental office as soon as possible!
Replacing Loose or Missing Dental Restorations
When a dental restoration such as a filling, crown, bridge, or veneer comes loose it can be extremely painful. But at Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX, we can often put it back in place and end your pain. If the dental restoration has fallen-out, place it in a container and bring it to the office. If possible we will sanitize your existing restoration and reuse it to cut-down on your expenses.
If your teeth or gums are sensitive, you can use Orajel or a similar product to numb the area. You can also use over-the-counter dental cement or denture adhesive to try and put the restoration back in place. Don’t use super glue or other products not intended for oral use! Even if the dental cement works temporarily, you still need to get into our San Antonio dental office as soon as possible.
Finding Relief for a Toothache
Toothaches can be the scariest of all dental emergencies, especially if you don’t understand where the pain is coming from. Toothaches are often caused by an infection or cavity in your tooth. Your dentist in San Antonio can perform a dental exam and digital x-rays to locate the source of your pain. In the interim, take a Tylenol or Ibuprofen and use a cold pack if needed.
Make An Emergency Appointment
Don’t let a dental emergency keep you from enjoying the holiday season! Contact Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX, right away to schedule an emergency same-day dentist appointment. You can reach our office at 210-819-5233.