There are two classic mistakes people make when faced with a dental emergency. They either don’t seek care, thinking it really is not as bad as they think. Or they do the opposite — they overestimate the severity of the emergency and head to the emergency room. Both result in delayed care and put you at risk of losing your tooth completely. Avoid the stress by turning to your dentist in Columbus from the start!
Some of the most common situations the team at Creative Smiles treats as emergencies include:
- Broken or fractured tooth
- Knocked out or dislodged tooth
- Severe toothache or abscess
- Broken dental work (filling, crown, bridge, inlay/onlay)
In general, if you are experiencing pain in the teeth or gums or are bleeding from the mouth, you need to visit the dentist ASAP.
Your Next Steps After a Dental Emergency
Imagine it’s two in the morning and you wake up with a throbbing tooth — a position no one wants to be in. Your next moves can impact the treatment and, sometimes, mean the difference in saving the tooth or not.
First of all, get in touch with the doctors at Creative Smiles by calling our office at (614) 420-2407. If your emergency occurs outside of our regular hours, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Some other things to keep in mind following a dental emergency include…
- Collect a knocked out tooth and rinse away debris. Do not scrub the tooth or touch its root. Until you can reach the dentist’s, store the tooth in its empty socket, in the cheek, or in a cup of milk or water if the former are not possible.
- Reduce swelling by applying an ice pack on and off the affected cheek for 10 minutes at a time.
- Manage pain by taking an over-the-counter pain medication as directed.
- Broken dental work can be temporarily reattached with toothpaste or denture adhesive.
But Wait! You Can Avoid Dental Emergencies Altogether
Of course, it is far preferable if you take the appropriate steps to avoid urgent dental situations from occurring in the first place. Protective measures like wearing a custom-fitted mouthguard during contact sports can make a big difference in the health of your smile (and have been shown to reduce the risk of concussion, too). Avoid habits like nail and pen biting, and try not to chew on ice. And always find the scissors when opening packages to avoid broken or chipped teeth.
Reach Your Emergency Dentist at (614) 420-2407
No matter how hard you try to avoid them, you may experience a dental emergency at some point. When you do, please don’t delay in contacting the emergency dentist in Columbus! We will schedule a prompt appointment then have you back on your way, smiling good as new before you know it.