Patient in Dolton, IL asks, “What are the most common causes of a dental emergency?”
Accidents happen. An emergency can cause anxiety and fear. Dental emergencies are common occurrences that might be caused by sporting activities, breakage of a tooth, or cavities. Whatever the cause may be, it is important to consult a dentist right away. Dr. Dean Dietrich, founder of Pleasant Dental® in Dolton, IL and an experienced Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) has more than 24 years of caring for patients and their families, even in emergencies.
We offer our patients tips to avoid dental emergencies, such as wearing protective mouthguards during sports activities, avoiding chewing or biting down on hard substances like ice and candies, or using the teeth as any type of lever, vice, or scissor. Even with precautions, patients may still find themselves in an emergency. Knowing what to do may save a tooth or reduce discomfort.
In any dental emergency, we invite patients to contact us as soon as possible. Dr. Dietrich and our friendly team typically have appointment slots reserved for such instances. Other tips include:
- If an object becomes wedged between teeth, flossing gently may remove it. Don’t attempt to remove anything with sharp tools
- If a tooth is broken or cracked, rinse with warm water, cleaning thoroughly. A cold compress may prevent or reduce swelling
- Accidentally biting the lip, inside of the mouth, or tongue should be cared for by cleansing with water and applying a compress
- In the event of a toothache, a warm rinse and gentle flossing can clean out debris or food and soothe the discomfort
- If a permanent tooth is knocked out and can be found, it should be kept moist and clean. When possible, the tooth may be put back into the socket but the root should not be handled. If it can’t be put back into normal position, it may be kept between the gums and cheek temporarily or store in milk or an ADA approved preservation product
At Pleasant Dental®, serving Dolton, Chicago, Riverdale, and surrounding IL communities, we are here to help our patients achieve and preserve their healthiest and happiest smiles, and lifelong oral health. Call us today to experience our personalized, friendly, and compassionate dental care. Dr. Dietrich welcomes new patients and meets them personally for a comprehensive consultation prior to the first exam. We may be reached at (708) 576-1900.
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