Hello San Antonio! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog of Advanced Dental Associates. In this blog, we normally like to detail the many different services we offer to restore your teeth and make them beautiful. Today, we’re going to change things up to talk about something extremely serious: dental emergencies.
In life, sometimes you have to expect the unexpected. Not one wants to deal with an emergency, but they generally know where to begin if one occurs. If your car breaks down and needs to be towed, you probably know you can call Triple A. If you were to break a bone, you’d start by calling 911.
But what do you do if you’ve broken a tooth? Dental emergencies can be jarring and downright frightening. You may be in a tremendous amount of pain and not know where to turn. At Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX, we want to be the first place you turn when you’re suffering from a toothache or other dental emergency.
We are proud to offering same-day emergency dental appointments. If you’re currently suffering from a broken tooth or other emergency, you should stop whatever you’re going and immediately call our office at 210-819-5233. We can see emergency patients on the same day! (If you are experiencing a serious loss of blood, or other critical injury, call 911.)
Our patients are also given an emergency number to reach their dentist. If you’ve ever been treated here, we have given you your dentist’s personal cell phone number. Try the office first, but if you can’t reach outside of normal business hours, try calling your dentist directly.
Although your first step should always be to call our office, there are number of other steps you should take if you are experiencing a dental emergency. In today’s post we want to give you a few tips for handling different emergency dental situations. You may want to bookmark this page on your smartphone for easy reference in case of an emergency.
Relief for a Broken Tooth
If you’ve broken a tooth, we can likely repair it. Do your best to gather any pieces of the broken tooth, and place them in a safe container. You will need to bring them to our office with you. If you are bleeding, apply a portion of sterile gauze to the wound. If the broken tooth is sharp, cover it with gauze to prevent cuts to the inside of your mouth. You can also use a cold compress to reduce any swelling you may experiencing. Use an over-the-counter medication to relieve any pain you are feeling; products not containing aspirin are best if you are bleeding. Call our office at 210-819-5233.
What To Do If You’ve Lost a Tooth
Often times, we can save a tooth that has been knocked-out of your mouth. But you’ll need to follow these steps and get to our office as soon as possible! Handle the tooth by the crown, touching the roots can kill the touch. Leave any tissue attached to the tooth, but clean any debris off the rest of the tooth. Place the tooth in a product called Save-A-Tooth or a glass of milk. If you’re bleeding, use gauze to stop your blood loss. A cold compress can also be used to reduce swelling. Take Tylenol or Ibuprofen to relieve your pain. Then call our office at 210-819-5233.
How to Secure a Dental Restoration Which Has Fallen Out
If you’ve had a filling, crown, bridge, or veneer fall-out of your mouth or become loose, don’t panic. We can generally re-apply the restoration to your teeth. You’ll want to save any dental restoration other than composite fillings. Bring it to our office in a container. We will sanitize your restoration then place it back in your mouth. You can also use dental cement to temporary place the restoration back in place. Dental cement will only secure the restoration for a few hours, so call our office at 210-819-5233.
Make An Appointment
If you are suffering from a dental emergency listed above, or any other emergency, call Advanced Dental Associates in San Antonio, TX. We can relieve pain you may be feeling from a toothache or other emergency. Call our office at 210-819-5233.