Tips for Dental Emergencies
A dental emergency is something that everyone dreads. Whether it is a chipped or broken tooth that is due to a fall or accident, or something far worse, the idea of the pain and the damage can lead many of us to panic. Fortunately, there is a lot that you can do during dental emergencies to create the best outcome and one of the first is to contact L’Enfant Plaza Dental Arts in Washington, DC and alert Dr. Dennis Norkiewicz & Associates of the issue.
Fast, Efficient Emergency Dental Care
We make emergency care available, but we also want to provide our patients with some handy tips for dealing with dental emergencies at all times. Below are a series of questions that you can pose to yourself during any dental emergency and then use the tips that are supplied after each question.
Was there trauma that caused the dental emergency? A blow to the head, a serious fall or collision or any sort of event that might have done more harm than you realize can qualify as trauma. If that is the case, get medical care at once.
Is there a broken or dislodged tooth? This is probably one of the most important matters. If the dental emergency has caused a tooth to be knocked out and you have the tooth, you can take steps to protect it and improve the chances of a successful repair. If the tooth is dislodged, gently rinse it, but do not rub it or scrub it clean. Then, put it in a glass of milk and bring this to the emergency appointment.
If the tooth is broken, it will need to be repaired using a wide variety of safe, effective and proven methods.
Are you bleeding? If bleeding is involved, the best course of action is to gently rinse the mouth with warm water and then apply gauze to the area where you are bleeding in order to reduce or stop the flow. When the damage is extensive, you must seek medical care, but a cold compress on the face can be very useful at such times.
If there is only a small amount of bleeding, you can use the gauze and the ice pack, and if it does not stop bleeding within a short period of time, you must seek medical care.
Contact Our Washington, DC Dentist Today
Dental emergencies are difficult at the very best of times, but you can alleviate the worst symptoms by remaining calm and using some of the tips above. One of the key steps in a dental emergency is to get in touch with our office at (202) 488-8300. You can also use our online contact form and one of our staff will get back to you promptly.
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